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Sonia Kurarra, Mangkaja Arts.

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Sonia Kurarra grew up in the river country at Yungngora (Noonkanbah) in the Kimberly. Her work depicts the sandy Fitzroy River that runs directly behind her community, and the parlka [barramundi] and kurlumajarti [catfish] that were the survival foods of her youth and which, according to Mangkaja Arts Co-ordinator, Katie McGuire, are “etched into her psyche, coming out on her canvases.“ She is the winner of the 2010 Western Indigenous Australian Art Award for exceptional achievement.
Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 2013, 120 x 120 cm. Mankaja Arts; ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. "Martuwarra is my river country; this painting is all about the Fitzroy River which flows down through Noonkanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water, we catch big mob of fish here. I like Parlka (barrumundi). We catch catfish and brim here too. Nganku (shark), Wirritunany (swordfish) and Stingray also live here. These fish live in these waters long after the flood has gone."

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 2013, 120 x 120 cm. Mankaja Arts; ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. "Martuwarra is my river country; this painting is all about the Fitzroy River which flows down through Noonkanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water, we catch big mob of fish here. I like Parlka (barrumundi). We catch catfish and brim here too. Nganku (shark), Wirritunany (swordfish) and Stingray also live here. These fish live in these waters long after the flood has gone."

Sonia Kurrara, Martuwarra, Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 120 cm. ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore.

Sonia Kurrara, Martuwarra, Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 120 cm. ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore.

Sonia Kurrara, Martuwarra, Acrylic on canvas, 160 x 160 cm. ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore.

Sonia Kurrara, Martuwarra, Acrylic on canvas, 160 x 160 cm. ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore.

Sonia Kurrara, Parlka (Barramundi), acrylic on canvas,120 x 90 cm. Short Street Gallery, Broome.

Sonia Kurrara, Parlka (Barramundi), acrylic on canvas,120 x 90 cm. Short Street Gallery, Broome.

Sonia Kurrara, Martuwarra, Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 120 cm. ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore.

Sonia Kurrara, Martuwarra, Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 120 cm. ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore.

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 2013, 90 x 90 cm. Mankaja Arts; ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. "Martuwarra is my river country; this painting is all about the Fitzroy River which flows down through Noonkanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water, we catch big mob of fish here. I like Parlka (barrumundi). We catch catfish and brim here too. Nganku (shark), Wirritunany (swordfish) and Stingray also live here. These fish live in these waters long after the flood has gone."

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 2013, 90 x 90 cm. Mankaja Arts; ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. "Martuwarra is my river country; this painting is all about the Fitzroy River which flows down through Noonkanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water, we catch big mob of fish here. I like Parlka (barrumundi). We catch catfish and brim here too. Nganku (shark), Wirritunany (swordfish) and Stingray also live here. These fish live in these waters long after the flood has gone."

Sonia Kurrara, Martuwarra, 2013 Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90 cm., Seva Frangos Art

Sonia Kurrara, Martuwarra, 2013 Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90 cm., Seva Frangos Art

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 20!4, acrylic paint on canvas, 120 x 60 cm. Mangkaja Arts, Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney.

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 20!4, acrylic paint on canvas, 120 x 60 cm. Mangkaja Arts, Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney.

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 2013, 180 x 120 cm. Mankaja Arts; ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. "Martuwarra is my river country; this painting is all about the Fitzroy River which flows down through Noonkanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water, we catch big mob of fish here. I like Parlka (barrumundi). We catch catfish and brim here too. Nganku (shark), Wirritunany (swordfish) and Stingray also live here. These fish live in these waters long after the flood has gone."

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 2013, 180 x 120 cm. Mankaja Arts; ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. "Martuwarra is my river country; this painting is all about the Fitzroy River which flows down through Noonkanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water, we catch big mob of fish here. I like Parlka (barrumundi). We catch catfish and brim here too. Nganku (shark), Wirritunany (swordfish) and Stingray also live here. These fish live in these waters long after the flood has gone."

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 2013, 180 x 120 cm. Mankaja Arts; ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. "Martuwarra is my river country; this painting is all about the Fitzroy River which flows down through Noonkanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water, we catch big mob of fish here. I like Parlka (barrumundi). We catch catfish and brim here too. Nganku (shark), Wirritunany (swordfish) and Stingray also live here. These fish live in these waters long after the flood has gone."

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 2013, 180 x 120 cm. Mankaja Arts; ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. "Martuwarra is my river country; this painting is all about the Fitzroy River which flows down through Noonkanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water, we catch big mob of fish here. I like Parlka (barrumundi). We catch catfish and brim here too. Nganku (shark), Wirritunany (swordfish) and Stingray also live here. These fish live in these waters long after the flood has gone."

Sonia Kurrara, Matuwarra, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 180cm x 240 cm. 30th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. "Martuwarra is my river country. This painting is all about the Fitzroy River, which flows down through Noonkanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water. We catch big mob of fish here."

Sonia Kurrara, Matuwarra, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 180cm x 240 cm. 30th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. "Martuwarra is my river country. This painting is all about the Fitzroy River, which flows down through Noonkanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water. We catch big mob of fish here."

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 2013, 240 x 180 cm. Mankaja Arts; ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. "Martuwarra is my river country; this painting is all about the Fitzroy River which flows down through Noonkanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water, we catch big mob of fish here. I like Parlka (barrumundi). We catch catfish and brim here too. Nganku (shark), Wirritunany (swordfish) and Stingray also live here. These fish live in these waters long after the flood has gone."

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 2013, 240 x 180 cm. Mankaja Arts; ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. "Martuwarra is my river country; this painting is all about the Fitzroy River which flows down through Noonkanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water, we catch big mob of fish here. I like Parlka (barrumundi). We catch catfish and brim here too. Nganku (shark), Wirritunany (swordfish) and Stingray also live here. These fish live in these waters long after the flood has gone."

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 20!4, acrylic paint on canvas, 137.5 x 97.5 cm. Mangkaja Arts, Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney.

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 20!4, acrylic paint on canvas, 137.5 x 97.5 cm. Mangkaja Arts, Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney.

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 2013, 180 x 240 cm. Mankaja Arts; ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. "Martuwarra is my river country; this painting is all about the Fitzroy River which flows down through Noonkanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water, we catch big mob of fish here. I like Parlka (barrumundi). We catch catfish and brim here too. Nganku (shark), Wirritunany (swordfish) and Stingray also live here. These fish live in these waters long after the flood has gone."

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 2013, 180 x 240 cm. Mankaja Arts; ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. "Martuwarra is my river country; this painting is all about the Fitzroy River which flows down through Noonkanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water, we catch big mob of fish here. I like Parlka (barrumundi). We catch catfish and brim here too. Nganku (shark), Wirritunany (swordfish) and Stingray also live here. These fish live in these waters long after the flood has gone."

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 2013, 120 x 120 cm. Mankaja Arts; ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. "Martuwarra is my river country; this painting is all about the Fitzroy River which flows down through Noonkanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water, we catch big mob of fish here. I like Parlka (barrumundi). We catch catfish and brim here too. Nganku (shark), Wirritunany (swordfish) and Stingray also live here. These fish live in these waters long after the flood has gone."

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 2013, 120 x 120 cm. Mankaja Arts; ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. "Martuwarra is my river country; this painting is all about the Fitzroy River which flows down through Noonkanbah where I live. All kinds of fish live in the water, we catch big mob of fish here. I like Parlka (barrumundi). We catch catfish and brim here too. Nganku (shark), Wirritunany (swordfish) and Stingray also live here. These fish live in these waters long after the flood has gone."

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 20!4, acrylic paint on canvas, 90 x 120cm. Mangkaja Arts, Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney.

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra, 20!4, acrylic paint on canvas, 90 x 120cm. Mangkaja Arts, Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney.