Self-taught, professional artist working with acrylics on wood panel.
FINALIST – Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize 2020
FINALIST – Lethbridge 20,000 Small Scale Art Award 2019
Bonnie Larden is a self-taught, professional artist living and working in Ballina, New South Wales. Growing up on a cattle ranch in South Texas, she has always held a deep love for animals. Bonnie originally worked towards becoming a veterinarian by completing a degree in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University. Moving towards a career as an artist, Bonnie was able to combine her love of animals with her second passion of creativity and interior design. As she considered an artistic style that would set her apart from other artists, she found inspiration in two of her favourite enjoyments from life.
Her Creatures of Leisure series began with an idea of juxtaposing the untamed wild with intentionally designed spaces of leisure. By misplacing these subjects, she creates an element of surprise, with the aim to evoke a sense of imagination and interpretation in the viewer. This series is whimsical and fun.
Her newest series is titled Endangered and Threatened. It is a play on the same concept as her Creatures of Leisure but with a deeper and more important meaning behind the work. Each piece comprises an animal that has a status of either endangered or threatened (vulnerable). Keeping with her initial artistic style, Bonnie places these animals inside interior spaces but with intentional dilapidation. She wants this to be a representation of these animal’s declining numbers and loss of habitat.
Bonnie also has many other subjects that she likes to explore with, including still life paintings, and landscapes.