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Sonja Rivett-Carnac (nee Chambers) - Sea of Faces | Abstract Art Art Painting
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Sonja Rivett-Carnac (nee Chambers) - "Sea of Faces"

"Sea of Faces"

Sea of Faces
Acrylic on Canvas, US$ 260

Sea of Faces

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Acrylic on Canvas
Acrylic on Canvas

W: 600mm x H: 450mm x D: 25mm
W: 24" x H: 18" x D: 1"

This work is unframed


US$ 260


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About "Sea of Faces"

These restless brushstrokes of hidden faces were inspired by the rippling surface of the sea as the sun sparkled on the water.
There are about 40 camouflaged faces in the brushstrokes - some quite obvious and many well hidden!
It looks like an abstract painting yet it's not since one can recognise features and faces.
You may have guessed this was painted to fast-paced music!

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

Price Range

US$ 72-1,913



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.


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