Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney paints the Gascoyne region of WA, her art shows the dry country and the way the rains transform the land with wildflowers

 

Milky Way by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Milky Way

Jap 015982  |  acrylic on canvas  |  71 x 59 cm

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The Seasons 4 by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  The Seasons 4

Jap 015983  |  acrylic on canvas  |  71 x 59 cm

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The Seasons 5 by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  The Seasons 5

Jap 015984  |  acrylic on canvas  |  72 x 59 cm

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The Seasons 6 by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  The Seasons 6

Jap 015985  |  acrylic on canvas  |  72 x 59 cm

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The Seasons 7 by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  The Seasons 7

Jap 015986  |  acrylic on canvas  |  72 x 60 cm

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The Seasons 8 by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  The Seasons 8

Jap 015987  |  acrylic on canvas  |  71 x 59 cm

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Land and Sky by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Land and Sky

Jap 015969  |  acrylic on canvas  |  197 x 90 cm

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Gascoyne Country by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Gascoyne Country

Jap 016026  |  acrylic on canvas  |  93 x 85 cm

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Gascoyne Country by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Gascoyne Country

Jap 016027  |  acrylic on canvas  |  94 x 85 cm

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Travelling Through Wildflower Country by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Travelling Through Wildflower Country

Jap 015758  |  acrylic on canvas  |  115 x 95 cm

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Springtime in the Gascoyne by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Springtime in the Gascoyne

Jap 015760  |  acrylic on canvas  |  63 x 56 cm

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Different Country by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Different Country

Jap 015870  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 126 cm

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The Seasons 3 by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  The Seasons 3

Jap 015948  |  acrylic on canvas  |  73 x 60 cm

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Springtime in the Gascoyne by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Springtime in the Gascoyne

Jap 015487  |  acrylic on canvas  |  115 x 97 cm

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Springtime in the Gascoyne by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Springtime in the Gascoyne

Jap 015927  |  acrylic on canvas  |  94 x 86 cm

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Wildflowers by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Wildflowers

Jap 015925  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 25 cm

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Storm by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Storm

Jap 015885  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 48 cm

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Springtime in the Gascoyne by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Springtime in the Gascoyne

Jap 015928  |  acrylic on canvas  |  92 x 88 cm

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Wildflowers by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Wildflowers

Jap 015926  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 25 cm

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Wildflowers – Dry Season by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Wildflowers – Dry Season

Jap 015923  |  acrylic on canvas  |  40 x 30 cm

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Storm and Rain by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Storm and Rain

Jap 015924  |  acrylic on canvas  |  40 x 30 cm

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Sonya Edney is a Yinkarrda-Wadjarri artist born in Carnarvon in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia in 1974. Sonya started painting at Burringurrah community, located between the towns of Meekatharra and Carnarvon. Later her uncle, musician and painter Raymond Edney, introduced her to artists acrylic paints. Sonya then went on to do a Visual Arts course at TAFE and was approached to teach her skills in the local schools for NAIDOC week.

Sonya says “Painting inspires me, when I think about home. When I travel and see different country and different scenery. That makes me think about my own country. It takes me back home to where all my inspiration first started out in the bush with my family. Living out in the bush was all about learning where you come from and the stories you was told.”

Sonya has worked in a wide range of mediums from drawing and painting to mosaics, mural painting and silkscreen printing, as well as being involved in the illustrations for Irra Wangga Language Programs. She has travelled widely in Western Australia and has worked at art centres in Geraldton, Carnarvon and Port Hedland.

Her current interests are in painting the country of the upper Gascoyne and out towards Mt Augustus. It’s red sand and spinifex country and in springtime there’s everlastings and other wildflowers and the creeks are running. A lot of stories I’ve got in my head, so it’s good to paint one theme.”

 Selected Group Exhibitions

1997 First Prize, Human Rights Day Art Competition, Gascoyne Arts Council WA

1997 Student Art Exhib, Carnarvon TAFE WA

2002 Derby Art Exhibition, Derby WA

2003 Second Prize, Kimberley Craft Show, Derby WA

2007 NAIDOC Art Exhibition, Exmouth WA

2007 Banggumayigu Walgajulgu, Geraldton Museum, Geraldton WA

2008 Cossack Art Exhibition, Roebourne WA
2008 Connect, QPT, Geraldton WA

2009 Ilgarijiri, GRAG, AIATSIS, Canberra, ACT

2009 Hedland Art Awards, Pt Hedland WA

2009 Ilgarijiri, Curtin University, Perth, WA
2009 Ilgarijiri, GUC, Geraldton WA
2009 NAIDOC, ACDC, Geraldton WA
2009 Ilgarijiri, GRAG, Geraldton WA
2009 OPR Good Art, QV1, Perth WA
2009 Harmony Week, QPT, Geraldton WA