Liliane Tomasko’s abstract paintings employ a distinctive, bold lyricism and assertive sense of colour. The artist begins her investigation of the human psyche in the domestic sphere, offering attentive studies of bedding and clothing, the intimate textures of our lives. Through the artist’s reflections, these prosaic materials open a gateway into the nocturnal realm of sleep and dreaming, articulating the creatively fertile space between ‘conscious’ and ‘unconscious’. Tomasko’s approach to abstraction is rooted, therefore, in the physical realm but ultimately transcends beyond it. Fusing material observation with intuition and association, the artist produces vigorous, imaginative expressions of familiar environments and psychological states. Intense colour, subtle tone, shadow, and painterly gesture allow space to come in and out of focus, oscillating between clarity and obscurity and emulating the atmospheric power of dreams and memories.
Liliane Tomasko lives and works in London.
Current and forthcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (30 November 2023 – 10 March 2024); Austria–Germany Painting 1970 to 2020, Albertina Modern, Vienna (6 September 2023 – 21 January 2024); Risky Business, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles (30 March – 4 May 2024); and solo shows at Bechter Kastowsky, Vienna (May 2024) and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (September 2024). Selected solo exhibitions include Name me not, CAB Burgos, Spain (2023); S P E L L O F T H E W O O D, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda; Evening Wind, Edward Hopper House, Nyack, New York, USA (both 2022); Morpheus, Kunstmuseum Kloster unser lieben Frauen Magdeburg, Germany (2021); dark goes lightly, Château la Coste, France (2019); Caja de sueños, Museo MATE, Lima, Peru; 12 nights x dreams, ROCA Rockland Center for the Arts, New York, USA (both 2018); Kunstwerk, a two-person exhibition with Sean Scully, Sammlung Klein, Germany (2017); Mother-Matrix-Matter, Lowe Art Museum, Miami, USA; In Visible World, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, USA and dusk at dawn, Kunstalle Rostock, Germany (all 2015). Tomasko’s work is represented in the public collections of The Albertina, Vienna; Hilti Art Foundation, Liechtenstein; Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Lowe Art Museum, Miami; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich; Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin and Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf.