Approved: 16.08.2006

Sonya Walters

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

After graduating in painting at Chelsea College of Art and Design I continued to paint full-time for some years exhibiting in group and solo shows in and around London. I later combined this with the teaching of art and running a banner making studio before moving to Cornwall in 1989.
Travel fuels my interest in the history and identity of different cultures. I carry a notebook and camera to record

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  • Location: St Ives, South West
  • Categories: Painting, Printmaking
  • Tags: St Ives
 

Biography

After graduating in painting at Chelsea College of Art and Design I continued to paint full-time for some years exhibiting in group and solo shows in and around London. I later combined this with the teaching of art and running a banner making studio before moving to Cornwall in 1989. Travel fuels my interest in the history and identity of different cultures. I carry a notebook and camera to record the social interaction at play and the feelings involved. Back in my studio these significant memories, whether inspired by times away or rooted at home in Cornwall with its special sense of place and light, become central. Participating in an international Residency in Southern Spain was a high point inspiring work which continues today. The scarred golden surface of an ancient wall stained with layerings of paint and fading graffiti, distinctive marks that people leave and echoes of the things that they do, are and believe in, are aspects which directly influence my work and ideas. I work full-time as a painter and printmaker from my studio in St Ives, and am an active member of Porthmeor Printmakers group who manage the community based Print Workshop in St Ives.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2011 - Recent Work, Cornwall Contemporary Attic Gallery, Penzance 2008 - Viva Cuba , Printmakers Gallery, St Ives (painting and printmaking) 2006 - September Show, Printmakers Gallery, St Ives (painting and printaking) 2004 - September Festival Show, Printmakers Gallery, St Ives (painting and printmaking) 2002 - September show, Porthmeor Print Workshop Gallery, St Ives 2001 - Porthmeor Print Workshop Gallery, St Ives (paintings and monoprints) 2001 - Print Makers Gallery, St. Ives (paintings) 2001 - Monoprint show, Newlyn Orion, Newlyn 2000 - September show, Porthmeor Print Workshop Gallery, St Ives Group exhibitions 2011 - easter show, Stoneman Graphics , Penzance 2011 - print, the exchange , Penzance 2010 - christmas show, Stoneman Graphics , Penzance 2009 - mixed show, Belgrave Gallery, st ives 2009 - ongoing, uys gallery, st ives 2006 - Porthmeor Printmakers Show, Tate (Restaurant), St Ives 2004 - Cornish Colourists, Gallery 39, Swindon 2004 - Porthmeor, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives 2004 - The Garden Painted, Vine St. Gallery, Devizes 2004 - The Nude, Gallery 39, Swindon 2003 - Breaking the Wave, Vine Street Gallery, Devizes 2003 - Recurring exhibition, Contour Contemporary Galley, Newlyn 2003 - Recurring exhibition, New Millennium Gallery, St. Ives 2003 - Sieze the Moment, The Printworks, Marazion 2003 - St Ives Painters, Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives 2002 - Print Show, Bad Cocks Gallery, Newlyn 2002 - St Ives Colourists Group Show, Vine St. Gallery, Devizes 2001 - Affordable Art Fair, with Art West, London 2001 - National Print Fair, Barbican Centre, London 2000 - National Print Fair, Barbican Centre, London 2000 - Porthmeor Printmakers Group Show, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives 2000 - Recurring exhibition, Penwith Gallery, St. Ives 1999 - Porthmeor Printmakers Group Show, Truro Law Courts, Truro 1998 - Porthmeor Printmakers Group Show, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives 1998 - Two Painters, Gt. Atlantic Map Works Gallery, St. Just