Grigia II, 1997
oil on canvas
signed and dated ‘Aida Tomescu ‘97’ (on the reverse)
Coventry Gallery, Sydney
Private collection, Sydney
Image courtesy of the artist
Born in Bucharest, Romania in 1955, Tomescu came to Sydney in 1980, where she began to exhibit with Gallery A and Coventry Gallery and, where she continues to live and work. Tomescu trained at the Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest to 1977 and the City Art Institute, Sydney to 1983.
Tomescu was awarded the Dobell Prize for drawing in 2003, the Wynne Prize for landscape painting in 2001 and the Sulman Prize for genre or subject painting in 1996 by the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney. In 1996 Tomescu was also awarded the inaugural Lowenstein Sharp fellowship at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, which was followed by a solo exhibition of the artist's work at the institution in 1997. In 2009 the Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra presented the solo exhibition 'Paintings and Drawings'.
Important exhibitions for the artist include 'Abstraction', Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, 2011; 'Out of Australia: Prints and Drawings', The British Museum, London, 2011; 'Contemporary Encounters', Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2010; 'The Story of Australian Printmaking 1801-2005', National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2007; 'Australian Prints', Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, 2004 and, 'Place Made: Australian Print Workshop', National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2004.
Aida Tomescu is represented by Fox Jensen, Sydney and Fox Jensen McCrory, Auckland.