This month I’m pleased to show you a work from a favourite Australian artist, Aida Tomescu. The work is titled “Argint” and was painted in 2004. Tomescu likes to work in multiple layers, revealing small areas of underlying painting and drawing. Her paintings are complex and rich, ripe with personal meaning and texture. The paint is often applied using her gloved hands and this makes for a tactile surface and a directness of application. Quite often edges also reveal themselves, and that is the case in this painting “Argint“. There are layers of thickly applied oil paint and edges and corners reveal what’s beneath. Tomescu employs large areas of single hue to create an impactful work…one becomes fascinated with the textured quality of such a large surface of single colour. Some people like to refer to Tomescu as a “colourist”, yet she prefers to speak of a much wider collection of pursuits, and says that the painting continually creates it’s own direction as she proceeds. This painting is large, 184x139cm. It is something that I can “dive” into, and feel a relationship with colour, light and texture.
“Argint” by Aida Tomescu Photographed by Jenni Carter