Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi - Exhibiting Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art

Sonia Kurarra

Sonia Kurarra was born in 1952 at Noonkanbah Station in Western Australia and grew up in the river country at Yungngora. She is of the Walmajarri language group.

Sonia began painting at Mangkaja in the early 1990s working mostly on paper, however since 2008, she has been working predominantly on canvas and her practice has flourished. She has exhibited in numerous group shows and had an overwhelming response to her first solo show in 2009.

Central to Sonia's theme is the sandy billabong country along the stretch of the Fitzroy River that runs directly behind her community. After the floodwaters recede, the billabongs hold a plentiful supply of fish, and these along with her local surrounds, are shown in her work constantly, as though they are etched into her psyche. The works are often linear in monochromatic tones and others are layered with wild and confidant brush strokes. These contemporary compositions display an outstanding understanding of colour.

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