About

Hi there ! I am a visionary artist / surrealist / imaginary realist artist. Most of my works are oil paintings.

I am from South Africa where I obtained a National Dip in Fine Art from the Durban University of Technology and a Cert 4 in graphic design from the Durban central technical college.

I had an art school in Melbourne for 15 years and have taught hundreds of students to paint and draw over the years. I also had an art gallery in Northcote for 5 years but eventually found running an art gallery did not leave me enough time to do my own paintings.

I am the founder of the Visionary Art network of Australia which is a project that uses film to promote art and I have edited and produced art related films (2 series with 11 episodes) which were broadcast on Channel 31 television.

I have had 12 solo and been in 17 group exhibitions since 1996

Thank you for taking a look at my profile.

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Education

1990 - 1992 - Obtained a certificate 4 in graphic design from Centec, Durban, South Africa

1993 - 1996 - Obtained a National Diploma in Fine Arts from Durban University, Durban, South Africa.

1998 – 2000 Bonny curated and managed The Bahn gallery in Leithfield, New Zealand

2000 – 2001 worked as a graphic designer and web site designer at the Toorak Times, Melbourne, Australia.

2001 - 2011 Started the Alchemy School of Art in Melbourne, Australia in 2001. Managed it until 2014 where she taught hundreds of people to paint and draw. Some of her students have now become established artists in their own right. The art school website is still online: www.MelbourneART.org

2004 – 2010 Opened the Esoteric Gallery in Melbourne, Australia. Bonny had successful annual solo exhibitions at her own gallery during this time and curated 28 group shows as well as many other artistic events such as plays and her well known “Red Velvet Carnival.”

2012 – Bonny founded VANA – the Visionary Art Network of Australia: www.VisionaryArt.net.au

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

1996 - “Chaos” Watercolour & print exhibition @ Basement gallery, Durban, South Africa.
1998 – Portrait exhibition @ Java, Christchurch, New Zealand
1999 – “Bridges” Oil paintings @ Golden bay gallery, Motueka, New Zealand
2000 – “Space in time” Oil paintings exhibition @ The Bahn gallery, Liethfield, New Zealand.
2001 – “Dreams exhibition” @ Le Coq exhibition space, Melbourne, Australia
2001 – Solo painting exhibition @ Marquis of Lorne, Melbourne, Australia
2001 – “Silver linings” Easey street studios gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2004 – “Songs from the sky” Esoteric Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2005 – “Many Faces” Esoteric Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2007 – “Questions from within” Esoteric Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2009 – “The sound of colour” Esoteric Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2011 - “Explorations of the mirror”@ Collingwood gallery, Australia

Selected Group Exhibitions

1999 - “15” @ Space gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
2002 – “She spirit of life” @ Walker st gallery, Dandenong, Australia
2002 – “Collectors show” @ Steps gallery, Melbourne Australia
2002 – Live painting 7 exhibition @ Heritage Hill Museum, Dandenong, Australia
2003 – 2007 - 5 group shows with Angel circus Westgarth, Australia
2005 – Access gallery - Darebin art show
2004 – 2010 - 8 various group shows curated by Bonny Hut, Esoteric Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2012 & 2014- Group show with artists from around the globe & public artists discussion panel; Evolve gallery, Rainbow Serpent Festival, Regional Victoria, Australia
2017 “House of Alchemy” Group show: 20 Imaginary realists from around the globe exhibition. Brighton, UK.

Press

Publications:

2011 - Bonny produced, edited and published her first film, called “Learn to paint in Oils with Visionary Artist, Bonny Hut”. Available on Amazon.

2012 - Bonny published her first book (published in the U.S.A) called “Explorations of the Mirror” in 2012. It’s a 80 page book of her oil paintings and poetry, available on Amazon.

2015 – Produced and edited a T.V. series called “Inside Imaginary Realism” that was broadcast on the Melbourne / Australian C31 television network.

2016 – Produced and edited the second T.V. series of “Inside Imaginary Realism” that was broadcast on the same network.

Other publications include: Toorak times two page interview pg 24-26 / 2004, art published on Silk Milk magazine (front cover) in 2006 and in Nine eyes of light by Padma Aon (2010) , television interview on Visions Show (link on her web site), Metamorphosis hardcover book – 50 visionary artists world wide, artworks featured in short films: “The Satanic Makeover” – David Reeve film and “Cry Boat” by Sancha.