Albastru V, 2000 signed, dated and inscribed 'AIDA TOMESCU / ALBASTRU V-2000 / Oil on Belgian linen' verso oil on linen 183 x 152cm (72 1/16 x 59 13/16in).
PROVENANCE: Purchased from Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney in October 2000
EXHIBITED: Aida Tomescu, New Paintings and Etchings, Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney 15 November - 17 December 2000, cat. no. 13
In Tomescu's mature paintings the sheer physicality of paint, its density and the archaeology of the layers, its application and movement across the surface, is inseparable from the content. The tenor of the work is guided by its colouration and by it internal rhythms, like the variations and tonalities in paint and matter over time. In relation to mood and feeling, while some of the cool, meditative paintings appear to be floating in space others... are more animated, with marks leaping and scudding apace across the surface.
Deborah Hart, "Aida Tomescu: States of Becoming", in Aida Tomescu, exhibition catalogue, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, 2009, pp 9-11; 15; 18; 21.