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Sonja Rivett-Carnac (nee Chambers)

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"See me in a Different Light (13 faces)"
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See me in a Different Light (13 faces)
US$ 1,926

"Swell of Consciousness"
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Swell of Consciousness
US$ 733

"Sandy Meanderings"
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Sandy Meanderings
US$ 733

"Magenta Blush"
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Magenta Blush
US$ 267

"Sea of Faces"
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Sea of Faces
US$ 261

"The Green Headscarf"
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The Green Headscarf
US$ 264

"Portrait of a Young Man"
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Portrait of a Young Man
US$ 280

"Happiness in Green"
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Happiness in Green
US$ 334

"Male Torso"
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Male Torso
US$ 322

"Xhosa Woman in Red"
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Xhosa Woman in Red
US$ 264

"Hindu Woman"
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Hindu Woman
US$ 264

"Madonna Mirage"
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Madonna Mirage
US$ 431

"Adderley Street Flower Seller"
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Adderley Street Flower Seller
US$ 318

"Day Dream"
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Day Dream
US$ 247

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US$ 134

"Monet Painting on the Edge of a Wood (..Sargent)"
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Monet Painting on the Edge of a Wood (..Sargent)
US$ 576

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Sonja Rivett-Carnac (nee Chambers)

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About Sonja

Sonja Rivett-Carnac (nee Chambers)

Life is Fragile - precious and forever changing. Loved ones pass on; friends come and go. I like to record LIFE through my painting.

By painting portraits my intention is to capture not only the outer facade, but the essence of a person - immortalising them in time. Sometimes recording a memory, life experience or validating a person's life.

I'm inspired by atmospheric portraits and the feelings conveyed through an expression, mood and the play of light & dark on interesting features.

The richness and versatility of oils is wonderful as a painting medium for the subtleties of portraiture. Gradually the work evolves until the moment when I exclaim, "Hello, look who's here!" and feel the person looking back at me from the canvas.

It's the most glorious sensation to be lost in a painting. In meditation I mix the oil paints until the colours are "just so" then brush them on the canvas - like a puzzle, piecing the face together with colour, tone, line and form ... Finding harmony with composition while discovering the person I'm striving to portray.

I also enjoy exploring new ideas and different ways of painting faces and shall continue to experiment with creative expression.

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
~ Oscar Wilde

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US$ 72-1,926



Sonja's been an active member of SASA since 2002 and regularly participates in their Annual and Merit Exhibitions. She received a Highly Commended Award for her mixed media painting "Madonna Mirage" in 2010 at their 104th Annual Exhibition, and in 2015 a Commended Award for her oil painting "See me in a Different Light (13 faces)".

She's successfully completed numerous portrait commissions for local and international clients, including posthumous portraits from black and white photographs.


Chris Ruthven, Marcelle Lyons, Michaelis (UCT)

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