Ildiko Kovacs: The DNA of Colour

18 April – 9 June

In 2010 Ildiko Kovacs began to improvise a new style of painting made with paint rollers on plywood. This survey focuses on these sumptuous paintings in which the vibrancy of colours and forms do not simply evoke deep feelings or intuitions; the paintwork itself becomes a record or visible trace of the act of painting.

The exhibition brings together over thirty-five major works, from the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Newcastle Art Gallery collections, along with rarely seen works from private collections.

Ildiko Kovacs: The DNA of Colour is an Orange Regional Gallery and ANU Drill Hall Gallery partnership exhibition, curated by Sioux Garside and supported by Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney.

A fully illustrated monograph has been published to coincide with the exhibition.

Orange Regional Gallery 18 April – 9 June 2019
ANU Gallery 21 June – 11 August 2019

Ildiko Kovacs

Ildiko Kovacs, Raspberry, 2017, oil on plywood, 79.5 x 82.5 cm

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Public Programs

Looped with Amy Viola
A Musical response to Ildiko Kovacs: The DNA of Colour

6pm Friday 10 May 2019

Using a combination of live performance, improvisation and loop pedal effects, Amy Viola will present her sonic interpretations of the looping, helix-like motifs in Ildiko Kovacs’ paintings.

Followed by wine and conversation.


Exploring Colour
With Bradley Hammond, Director Orange Regional Gallery
5:30pm Thursday 23 May 2019

Referencing the work of Ildiko Kovacs and other examples from art history, Bradley Hammond, Director Orange Regional Gallery will present a talk on the physical and emotive aspects of colour in abstract painting. Brad will provide an introduction to colour theory and demonstrate how a few key concepts can enhance our ways of seeing and speaking about art.


Q&A with Ildiko Kovacs and Sioux Garside
11am Saturday 8 June 2019

Curated by Sioux Garside, this survey exhibition presents a recent chapter in the work of one of Australia’s foremost contemporary painters. Join Ildiko and Sioux as they discuss ideas, influences and processes integral to the exhibition.

Ildiko and Sioux will be available to sign copies of the fully illustrated monograph after the talk.