One of Australia’s most respected abstract painters, Kovacs is renowned for images that, whilst grounded in her sense of the Australian landscape, are at the same time deeply personal meditations on her life and emotions. Alive with energy and movement, the surface of Kovacs’ works are renowned for their sensual flowing line played against passages of consummate mark-making. Washes of underpainting reveal themselves from beneath layers of colour, while Kovacs’ elegant and bold lines dictate the movement of our gaze across the picture plane.Read More
As critic Sioux Garside has written so elegantly of Kovacs’ paintings:
The metaphor of time unfolding like a line in space perfectly elucidates the calligraphic approach of Ildiko Kovacs as she paints the luscious curves and entwined arabesques seen in these monumental yet minimal abstractions. One can imagine these linear forms easily translating into sculptural three-dimensional forms or being ‘written on the body’. With twenty years of experience as a painter, Kovacs has the confidence not to need preliminary drawings. She works directly in oil paint, trusting in her intuitive ability and experience to exploit the endless possibilities of repeating a single line of colour in space. Kovacs’ lines with their ‘aura-like’ edges and looping repetitions have a serpentine grace that speaks of the female body and its generative power.’ 1
A regular finalist in the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Wynne and Sulman Prizes, Kovacs’ work is held in numerous major public and private collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, the Laverty Collection and World Bank.
1. Garside, Sioux, ‘Crossing Paths’, Martin Browne Fine Art, 2003
Text courtesy Martin Browne Contemporary.
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