Artist | SONIA KURARRA

Artist | SONIA KURARRA


Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by SONIA KURARRA of Mangkaja Artists. The title is Martuwarra. [112/13] (Atelier Acrylic Paint on 14oz Canvas)

SONIA KURARRA

Martuwarra

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by SONIA KURARRA of Mangkaja Artists. The title is Martuwarra. [287/19] (Acrylic Paint on 3mm Poly-Carbonate)

SONIA KURARRA

Martuwarra

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by SONIA KURARRA of Mangkaja Artists. The title is Martuwarra. [2/13] (Atelier Artist Acrylic on 14oz Canvas)

SONIA KURARRA

Martuwarra

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by SONIA KURARRA of Mangkaja Artists. The title is Martuwarra. [5/13] (Atelier Acrylic Paint on 14oz Canvas)

SONIA KURARRA

Martuwarra

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by SONIA KURARRA of Mangkaja Artists. The title is Martuwarra. [114/13] (Atelier Acrylic Paint on 14oz Canvas)

SONIA KURARRA

Martuwarra

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by SONIA KURARRA of Mangkaja Artists. The title is Martuwarra. [210/13] (Atelier Acrylic Paint on 14oz Canvas)

SONIA KURARRA

Martuwarra

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by SONIA KURARRA of Mangkaja Artists. The title is Martuwarra. [96/13] (Atelier Acrylic Paint on 14oz Canvas)

SONIA KURARRA

Martuwarra

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by SONIA KURARRA of Mangkaja Artists. The title is Martuwarra. [240/20] (Atelier Artist Acrylic on 14oz Canvas)

SONIA KURARRA

Martuwarra

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by SONIA KURARRA of Mangkaja Artists. The title is Martuwarra. [335/18] (Acrylic Paint on 3mm Poly-Carbonate)

SONIA KURARRA

Martuwarra

Sonia Kurarra grew up in the river country at Yungngora (Noonkanbah), where she helped the kindergarten teacher with teaching art. They would take the children out to the sandy billabong and teach them how to paint and dance. There is a ngarrangkarni (Dreamtime) snake that lives in the billabong. His name is Nangurra.

Sonia began painting at Mangkaja in the early 1990s, working mostly on paper. As her career and confidence grew, she started to practice and develop her skills moving into more ambitious and complex works on canvas and since 2008, Sonia has been working predominantly on canvas. She has exhibited in numerous group shows and had an overwhelming response to her first solo shows in 2009.

Sonia paints the sandy billabong country along the stretch of the Fitzroy River that runs directly behind the community. After the ood waters recede, there are billabongs that hold a plentiful supply of parlka (barramundi), kurlumajarti (catï¬sh) and bream. She paints gapi (ï¬sh), parrmarr (rocks) where the ï¬sh is cooked, ngurti (coolamon) and a karli (boomerang).

Sonia paints these images over and over as though they are etched into her psyche; works that are linear representations in monotones and others that are layers lathered on with wild and conï¬dent brush strokes. These contemporary compositions display an outstanding understanding of colour.



Sonia Kurarra grew up in the river country at Yungngora (Noonkanbah), where she helped the kindergarten teacher with teaching art. They would take the children out to the sandy billabong and teach them how to paint and dance. There is a ngarrangkarni (Dreamtime) snake that lives in the billabong. His name is Nangurra.

Sonia began painting at Mangkaja in the early 1990s, working mostly on paper. As her career and confidence grew, she started to practice and develop her skills moving into more ambitious and complex works on canvas and since 2008, Sonia has been working predominantly on canvas. She has exhibited in numerous group shows and had an overwhelming response to her first solo shows in 2009.

Sonia paints the sandy billabong country along the stretch of the Fitzroy River that runs directly behind the community. After the ood waters recede, there are billabongs that hold a plentiful supply of parlka (barramundi), kurlumajarti (catï¬sh) and bream. She paints gapi (ï¬sh), parrmarr (rocks) where the ï¬sh is cooked, ngurti (coolamon) and a karli (boomerang).

Sonia paints these images over and over as though they are etched into her psyche; works that are linear representations in monotones and others that are layers lathered on with wild and conï¬dent brush strokes. These contemporary compositions display an outstanding understanding of colour.



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