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Deborah Bonar

Contemporary Australian artist

Perth based artist Deborah Bonar has created a unique and easily identified personal style, painting with lyricism and delicacy, producing work of immense visual power and complexity. Her acrylic paintings are bold kaleidoscopes of vigorous lines and dots. Deborah's spontaneous prismatic colours dance upon the canvas, reflecting a sense of positive energy, optimism, balance and harmony. Her artwork demonstrates the importance of place in our consciousness, in forming cultural identity and in capturing and fascinating our imagination. 

Influenced by the heartlands of her Gija and Yamatji heritage, it symbolises the continuation of ancient pathways, journeys taken, migration, destinations and meeting places. Deborah has exhibited widely in WA and won the coveted Cossack Art Award (Indigenous) in 2011. She is represented in both private and public collections including the City of Perth, Tronox, Exxaro and Credit Suisse Art Collections.

In January 2014 she completed a Percent for Art Project, Healing and Wellbeing for the South Metropolitan Area Health Service. Through collaboration with other artists, Deborah has created notable public artworks for the Fiona Stanley Hospital titled Welcome to Country, the Munday Wall at Cooling Brothers, the Port Coogee-Beeliar Boodjar artwork for Australand and artwork for Cockburn Integrated Health Facility titled Living Waters.

Deborah Bonar's CV

The Munday Wall Port Coogee-Beeliar Boodjar Cockburn Integrated Health