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Bold kaleidoscopes of vigorous lines and dots
Deborah Bonar is an impressive Aboriginal artist living and working in Western Australia. It is the range and depth of her talent that makes her so impressive.
She works in a wide range of media – painting, drawing, digital design, photography, printmaking, textiles, sand painting and glasswork – all from her studio in Ballajura where she trades as Scribblebark Design.
Wildflower Season, a work by Deborah Bonar (Photograph courtesy of Scribblebark)
She has exhibited widely in both group and solo exhibitions and her work has been commissioned for The Fiona Stanley Hospital and elsewhere.
The Kidogo Art Institute says of her work: "Much of Deborah's artwork is inspired by the landscapes, plants and animals of the East Kimberley and Midwest regions of Western Australia, the heartlands of her Gija and Yamatji heritage. She likes to write stories, or interpretive pieces to accompany her artwork."
Deborah herself says of her art that it is: "bold kaleidoscopes of vigorous lines and dots .... The spontaneous prismatic colours dance upon the canvas, reflecting a sense of positive energy, optimism, balance and harmony."
Deborah Bonar in her Ballajura studio (Photograph courtesy of Scribblebark)
An exhibition of her paintings called Prismatic! Can be viewed at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery. Works in this exhibition range from small ochre or acrylic paintings on canvas or Belgian linen (25 x 25 cm) such as Women Yarning round the Campfire, to larger works such as Electric Storm (200 x 143 cm). A series of limited edition prints are also available.
Prismatic! runs from Friday the 21st November until the 7th of December. Entry is free.
Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery is at 46 Henry Street, Fremantle.