Dwarka Bonner, born in Palo Alto, CA in 1949, was immersed in the sensibility of the Bay Area Figurative Movement from an early age. From 1963 to 1967 he painted in the studio of acclaimed figurative and landscape painter Ann Hogle, learning from her to observe the elemental aspect of a subject – usually a figure – closely and to analyze paintings in progress on the strength of abstract qualities. Painting independently since then, the dialog between objective representation of colors and shapes and aesthetic pleasure inherent in materials and composition has remained a central theme in Bonner’s work. His process is directly observed and painted in oils on sight.
“I paint from life, attempting to document my subject with respect to colors, shapes and details. Inevitably however, for the sake of a cohesive painting, conscious or intuitive decisions must be made to focus selectively or otherwise deviate from an attempt to paint objectively. At its best, all this is forgotten in the exhilaration of painting in oils.”
Bonner is also represented by Johnsons of Madrid, Madrid, NM and has been represented by Atherton Gallery, Menlo Park, CA, Tupelo Road Gallery, Taos, NM, Rosenthal Fine Arts, Chicago, IL, and Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.