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

 

Travelling to Different Camps by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Travelling to Different Camps

Jap 016432  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 112 cm

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Seven Sisters by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Seven Sisters

Jap 016433  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 128 cm

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Evening Sky and Country by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Evening Sky and Country

Jap 016254  |  acrylic on canvas  |  137 x 120 cm

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Bush Fire at Night by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Bush Fire at Night

Jap 016144  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 138 cm

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Spinifex at Dawn Light by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Spinifex at Dawn Light

Jap 016162  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 127 cm

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Emu in the Night Sky by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Emu in the Night Sky

Jap 016041  |  acrylic on canvas  |  144 x 118 cm

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Anthills by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Anthills

Jap 016431  |  acrylic on canvas  |  94 x 80 cm

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Night Sky and Reflections by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Night Sky and Reflections

Jap 016253  |  acrylic on canvas  |  124 x 94 cm

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After Bush Fire by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  After Bush Fire

Jap 015487  |  acrylic on canvas  |  115 x 97 cm

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Springwater and Bush Tucker by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Springwater and Bush Tucker

Jap 016154  |  acrylic on canvas  |  123 x 93 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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Hills asnd Wildflowers by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Hills asnd Wildflowers

Jap 016276  |  acrylic on canvas  |  136 x 69 cm

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Travelling – Kennedy Ranges by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Travelling – Kennedy Ranges

Jap 015870  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 126 cm

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Milky Way by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Milky Way

Jap 016141  |  acrylic on canvas  |  72 x 61 cm

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Land and Sky by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Land and Sky

Jap 016275  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 118 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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Night Sky by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Night Sky

Jap 016430  |  acrylic on canvas  |  93 x 79 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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Sunrise over the Hills by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Sunrise over the Hills

Jap 016277  |  acrylic on canvas  |  116 x 73 cm

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Misty Morning by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Misty Morning

Jap 016026  |  acrylic on canvas  |  93 x 85 cm

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Milky Way by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Milky Way

Jap 016140  |  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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Storm by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Storm

Jap 015885  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 48 cm

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Starry Night and Wildflowers by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Starry Night and Wildflowers

Jap 016251  |  acrylic on canvas  |  136 x 50 cm

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After Rain – Gascoyne by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  After Rain – Gascoyne

Jap 016143  |  acrylic on canvas  |  199 x 97 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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Thunderstorm Rain by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Thunderstorm Rain

Jap 016434  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 50 cm

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Storm over Country by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Storm over Country

Jap 015969  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 87 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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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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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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Thunderstorm Rain by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Thunderstorm Rain

Jap 016435  |  acrylic on canvas  |  115 x 50 cm

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Spinifex – Gascoyne Country by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Spinifex – Gascoyne Country

Jap 016142  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 77 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