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November - December 2014
Aboriginal artist, Deborah Bonar has created an impressive and exciting body of contemporary abstract landscapes and skyscapes shot through with several themes, which are showcased at her much anticipated art exhibition, Prismatic, at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, 46 Henry Street, Fremantle from 22 November to 7 December 2014.
Bonar's paintings are bold kaleidoscopes of vigorous lines and dots, painted with lyricism and delicacy to produce work of immense power and complexity. The spontaneous prismatic colours dance upon the canvas, reflecting a sense of positive energy, optimism, balance and harmony. One series of paintings depict fiery upheavals of heaven and earth, volcanic eruption, thunder and lightning, shooting stars and seismic waves, exploring how the phenomena of the natural world such as weather, matter and energy exist and change of their own accord.
Another series of paintings represent the rugged landscapes of the Kimberley, or the wildflower country of the Midwest, the heartlands of Bonar's Gija and Yamatji heritage. Recurring themes of her paintings highlight the importance of place in our consciousness, in forming cultural identity and in capturing and fascinating our imagination. Many of her works symbolise the continuation of ancient pathways, journeys taken, migration, destinations and meeting places. Exhibition Catalogue.
Unveiling of Cockburn Integrated Health Facility
AUSTRALIA - Connected to Land - Bush Medicine Collaboration Project
During July, Deborah Bonar collaborated with designer and artist Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy to create Australia's National Costume for Danielle Marsh for the Mrs Australia World Quest in 2014.
Story behind the artwork titled Australia - Connected to Land - Bush Medicine:
Aboriginal People cared for their country for thosands of years.
The women collect eucalyptus and peppermint tree leaves and other plants, seeds and berries, to crush, boil or soak for bush medicine.
Fabric paint on hand-dyed eucalyptus leaves on organic Merino felted textile. Garment designed by Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy.
Lawley Art Auction 2014
Deborah Bonar was awarded the People's Choice Award for her painting Ruby's Country.
Reconciliation WA - SORRY DAY, 26 May
On 26 May: National Sorry Day 2014, Deborah conducted an interactive community art workshop to engage visiting school students to help create an Aboriginal abstract landcape on canvas in vibrant acylics. The students were invited to select colours and add dots to the 1 x 3 metre canvas to complete the painting. The painting features motifs of the native hibuscus to represent Sorry Day.
City of South Perth Art Project
On 16 March, Deborah conducted an interactive community art workshop at the Waterford Plaza Street Festival - Colours of our Cuisine as part of Fiesta 2014. A community canvas measuring 1 x 3 metres was created in acrylics of an abstract Aboriginal dot painting featuring the landscape of South Perth and the Swan River.
7 February 2014
Percent for Art Project - Healing and Wellbeing
Commissioned through the Western Australian Government's Percent for Art Scheme for the South Metroplolitan Area Health Service. Art Coordinator Alison Barrett, and Artist Deborah Bonar delivering the paintings to Mick Ellis of South Metropolitan Area Health Service pictured with one of the paintings Strong Women.
25 March 2013
City of Perth Art Collection - Maali
This painting Maali (the black swan), represents the Swan River and tells a story of the river over time.
The circular motifs represent campsites and gathering places near the river and surrounding wetlands.
Artist: Deborah Bonar
Acrylic on canvas 150 x 85 cm
City of Perth Art Collection
The painting was acquired by the City of Perth in July 2012. It featured in the 50 Years Council House 1963-2013 Exhibition 25 March to 24 May 2013.
25 February 2013
Credit Suisse Art Collection - Before the Rain
Credit Suisse acquired Before the Rain, for their corporate art collection in February 2013.
These paintings completed in 2012, are a collaboration between two artists, Deborah Bonar and Jo Darvall, both with different cultural backgrounds, and different perspectives on life, the world and art. The Bronzewing and Heartlands Collection Booklet
27 March 2012
Perth to Pretoria. Nyawana and the golden sun moth journey overseas.
Artists Deborah Bonar and Jo Darvall were excited to be invited to a photo shoot recently at Exxaro's West Perth Offices. The South African Based Mining Group purchased their collaborative painting titled, Nyawana and the Golden Sun Moth Journey to the Waterhole, at the Two Way Exhibition held at the Kidogo Art Institute in Fremantle in January.
The painting, which portrays a rugged northern landscape, will be shipped to Exxaro Corporate Centre in Pretoria, South Africa. It was first painted in luminous oils and acrylics by Jo Darvall, the Deborah Bonar painted Aboriginal artwork on the foreground in vibrant acrylics, featuring a water monitor, a waterhole and a myriad of dots.
Jo Darvall says, 'This artwork symbolises the collaboration between two artists from different cultural backgrounds, and with different perspectives on life, the world and art.'
The golden sun moth is a recurring motif in Jo Darvall's artwork, which embodies the spirits of travellers. Deborah Bonar's Gija totem is Nyawana, the water monitor.
The moth and the water monitor, combined with Jo's love of the North West and Deborah's spiritual connection to the East Kimberley are the elements which provide a dynamic interface between the artists. The painting captures the warmth and vibrant beauty of the landscape and represents the sharing of skillls, culture and artist metaphors.
Deborah says, 'I am delighted that our artwork was choosen by Exxaro to hang in their headquarters in Pretoria. It's great to have the opportunity to meet with Managing Director Tony Martin and be included in the photo shoot before the painting is shipped overseas.'
2011 Cossack Art Award - Winner: WA Indigenous Artist Category
Cyclone Season, acrylic painting.
June - July 2011
Land and Inspiration - June to July 2011
Land and Inspiration was an exciting group exhibition by artists Deborah Bonar, Mary-Jane Malot, Margot Tuohy and furniture maker and designer Gill Egan, at the Wyndham Art Gallery.
Deborah's Kimberley exhibition was proudly sponsored by Panoramic Resources and the Karntewarranginny Kurrumuluny Trust through the Savannah Co-existence Community Developments Program.
Deborah was Artist-in-Residence and conducted a total of eight art workshops in the schools and the local community of Wyndham during the exhibition period.
Photographs taken at the opening of the exhibition Land and Inspiration at the Wyndham Art Gallery on the 18 June 2011.
Gill Egan, Les Evans, Sarah Brett, Deborah Bonar, Jessie Duff and Margot Tuohy at the opening speech. Teabag, Fred, Frank, and Deborah Bonar.
Finalist in the WA Training Awards - Aboriginal Student of the Year 2010
Vibrant - January 2010
Solo art exhibition of acrylic, ochre and oil paintings, ink drawings and digital artwork at the Kidogo Arthouse Gallery in Fremantle, Western Australia. Photographs taken at the opening of the exhibition Vibrant at Kidogo Arthouse Gallery on the 14 January 2010.
Vibrant - Artist Talk
During the exhibition, Vibrant, Deborah Bonar presented an Artist Talk to the Colour Society, WA members on 17 January where she demonstrated painting with ochre.
The Magic of Nature - July 2006
First solo exhibition of acrylic paintings, ink drawings and digital prints at the Blend(er) Gallery in Joondalup, WA.
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