Sonia Kurarra

Born 1952

Sonia Kurarra grew up in the river country at Yungngora (Noonkanbah). She used to help the kindergarten teacher with teaching art. They used to take the children out to the Sandy Billabong and teach them how to paint and dance and learn about the ngarrangkarni [Dreamtime] snake that lives in the billabong. His name is Nangurra.

Sonia paints the sandy billabong country along the stretch of the Fitzroy River that runs directly behind the community. After the floodwaters recede, there are billabongs that hold a plentiful supply of parlka [barramundi], kurlumajarti [catfish] and bream. She paints gapi [fish], parrmarr [rocks] where the fish is cooked, ngurti [coolamon] and a karli [boomerang].

Sonia began painting at Mangkaja Arts in the early 1990s working mostly on paper. Since 2008, Sonia has been working predominantly on canvas, exhibiting in numerous group shows. Sonia had an overwhelming response to her first solo show in 2009 and has since established herself as one of Mangkaja Arts leading contemporary artists.

2010: Hedland Art Awards, Best Indigenous Work – Sonia Kurrara

Kerry Stokes Holmes a Court Collection, Perth



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