Born in Galt, Ontario, Sonia Wilkinson is an artist now living in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. With the use of acrylic paint and working through a design process, Wilkinson recreates the human face in unusual ways using distorted, textured and colourful lines and shapes. A facial expression emerges every time. A thought can almost be read on each bizarre face. Wilkinson remembers dabbling in many different art forms at home, at public school and at a local art school, Dundas Valley School of Art. She later chose graphic design as a career and obtained a diploma from Sheridan College in 1995. Wilkinson went on to have a 22-year career as a graphic designer. In 2015, a passion for painting awakened after attending a paint party with friends. She now creates her Peculiar Art for this Mad World full-time. With her art she hopes to encourage people to not just accept what might be strange (about themselves or others), but to celebrate it! The list of influences is ever-growing: Pablo Picasso’s cubism and his use of colour, style and artistic playfulness; Henry Moore’s graceful lines; Andy Warhol’s passion for the unconventional; Thomas Fedro’s graffiti-style faces that are gritty and humorous; plus numerous other artists Wilkinson comes across on a daily basis who are working, creative warriors and business tycoons.
2019 April. Light Space Time, painting Road Ahead received Honourable Mention for “Figurative Art Exhibition 2019 – Painting & Other Media Category”.
2018 October 10 to 15. Arta Gallery, Passion for Life Exhibit (paired with Water for Life International Exhibition), Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario. Shy was exhibited.
2017 The Bell Tower, The Gaber & Bell Tower Artist Mentorship Program, Fort Erie, 2017. Road Ahead was exhibited.
Lundy’s Lane Utility Box Project
2018 Chosen to create art to cover 11 utility boxes that lines Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls, Ontario. (Work in progress)
2017+ Mentored by International renowned artist Antoine Gaber. Continuing.
1995 Diploma in Graphic Design, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario
1980s Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario. Several classes throughout the ’80s.
I would like to take a moment to thank those who have helped me in a major way.
Antoine Gaber for inspiring me with his tenacious dedication to using his art to make a difference (largely for breast cancer research) and his tireless passion for supporting artists. (AntoineGaber.com)
The 12 Week Bandits: Fiona Verdouw (fionaverdouw.com) and Cara Lawson-Ball (caralawsonball.com) for being fantastic accountability partners with weekly calls that are so very helpful! You guys inspire me so much and the wisdom is profound.
Jason Horejs @ Art Business Academy (artbusinessacademy.net) for creating an incredible course on art business and for being there for the students, like me, who have a lot of questions!
Cory Huff and The Abundant Artist (theabundantartist.com) for writing a fantastic book and for creating a group for artists to meet and learn from each other.
Maria Brophy (mariabrophy.com) for also writing a fantastic book and for creating a group for artists to meet and learn from each other.
Least of all I want to thank my friends and family for putting up with my stubborn drive to make a living at something that doesn’t drive me crazy. 🙂
There are many more I would like to thank, so I will continue to add to this list as time goes on.