Artist Profiles » Sonia Fraser
"It is the essential New Zealand landscape, which gives me a sense of home and belonging, has shaped our identity and is familiar to us all. I try to portray my own interpretation of this recognisable imagery, to convey its beauty and familiarity, but also its remoteness and isolation. I like to bring a meditative quality to my paintings and portray a heightened awareness of the land and sea.
My paintings are devoid of human elements because I want to focus more purely on the scene and transport the viewer either into or beyond the painting; to create an intimate world of peace and tranquility where they can be alone with their thoughts and emotions.
These paintings are my explorations into new ways of portraying the typical landscape
perspective. I like to capture a sense of the familiar, but not necessarily a specific place. Although still in the representational genre, by manipulating colour and perspective within the scene, I like to play with the emotion of the paintings, whilst still trying to retain aesthetic balance. By taking out the sky and the horizon line, this birds-eye view invites the viewer to experience a new perspective of being suspended in space or hanging over the edge of a cliff."
2002 – 06 Diploma of Art and Design, majoring in painting at Hungry Creek Art School.
1998 – 02 Attended part-time painting classes
1988 – 96 Worked as Graphic Designer
1984 – 88 Travelled through Europe, Asia and the Middle East
Exhibitions, Shows and Awards
2006 Top Graduating Student Award (Diploma of Art and Design 2006)
Group Exhibition, ‘In a world of their own ’ North Art Gallery'
2004 Finalist, Pumphouse NorthShore Art Awards, “Sources of Inspiration”
2002 – 06 Student exhibitions - Hungry Creek Art School
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