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Aida Tomescu wins 2003 Dobell Prize for Drawing.


Published Thursday, 11 September 2003

THE WINNER OF THE 2003 DOBELL PRIZE FOR DRAWING is AIDA TOMESCU for her work Negru III and Negru IV (A candle in a dark room) It was announced today, Thursday 11 September 2003, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales that Aida Tomescu has won the 2003 Dobell Prize for Drawing. The Dobell Prize for Drawing is an important drawing prize in Australia with $20,000 in prize money.
Aida Tomescu explores the graphic possibilities of mark making in this remarkable diptych, revealing her interest in calligraphic/word forms, partly inspired by New Zealand painter Colin McCahon (1919-1987). Tomescu's drawings are characteristically gestural and layered, and often include collage, the whole composed of successive, evolving strata. In Negru III and Negru IV (A candle in a dark room), the drawings were developed over a ground of deeply black, etched lines. This work is from a series of drawings made in 2002 on the theme of velvety blackness - 'Negru' is Romanian for 'black' - which is achieved through the sharp contrast of black and white pastel. The series also stems from earlier work including the 'Negra' series of lithographs (1999).

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