Untitled, 2018 (c) Liliane Tomasko

Liliane Tomasko – dark goes lightly

Château La Coste are pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Swiss painter, Liliane Tomasko in the Old Wine Storehouse. Each of the thirteen paintings are acrylic on linen, where layers are built up through a variety of techniques such as spraypaint, delicate brushwork and more bold, thick strokes. In some cases there is a vivid use of bright colours, while elsewhere the restricted palette of black and white creates darker results. Each abstract composition can be seen as a gateway into the realms of dreaming and sleep, probing into the gulf between the conscious and the subconscious……

Liliane Tomasko explores painting as a gateway into the realms of dreaming and sleep, probing into the gulf between the conscious and the subconscious. Tomasko believes that the imbalance between these two states of mind is at the heart of the predicaments that affect contemporary society. In her words, “the dark matter represented by the subconscious and which finds its language through our dreams has been neglected.” Each of the paintings in the exhibition underscores this breach by making reference to an emotional state. The paintings that employ a distinctive, bold lyricism with an equally unabashed sense of colour allude to unfolding, opening and growing, whereas those in black-and-white speak of denial, invisibility and stagnation. Tomasko’s gestural lines are woven together in such a way that they come in and out of focus, emulating the clarity, or lack thereof, of dreams and memories.

About Liliane Tomasko

Liliane Tomasko (b. 1967 Zurich, Switzerland) studied fine art in London at Camberwell College, Chelsea College of Art & Design, and the Royal Academy of Arts. She has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, including shows at ROCA – Rockland Center for the Arts, New York, US; Lowe Art Museum, Miami, US; the New York Studio School, US; Fundación Bancaja, Valencia, ES; Kunsthalle Rostock, DE, and IVAM – Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia, ES.