Ona Henderson Painter, printmaker
Studied art late sixties at Swinburne University. Full-time fine artist since 1980.
Shortlisted for the Inaugural Cromwell's Art Prize 2004; & finalist 2005 touring London 2006;
then Paris & New York with a contracted international agent.
New York exhibition 2003-2004. Travelling group show, East Coast U.S.A. ending in New York City.
25 Main Exhibitions and 54 Feature Exhibitions.
Many awards include Best Exhibit at W.A.S.A. 1989, 1996, 1999, Best Watercolour (W.A.S.A.)1995,
Best Mixed Media (W.A.S.A.) 2000.
Galleries include The Light Gallery, Central London, Britain;
Clarke Galleries (catalogue by Grier Clarke) New York, Palm Beach & Vermont, U.S.A.
Mornington Gallery ; ART Gallery, Collins Place, Melbourne ; Queens Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne.
Award Invitations include Hutchins Art Prize, Tas.; Nillumbik Art Awards; Daffodil Art Awards & Diamond Valley Art Awards.
Ona is represented in 12 public collections including
Aachen Art Museum, Germany; Cromwell's, Nillumbik Art, Seppelt, VTU Credit Union,
Healesville Sanctuary (x5), Myer Grace Bros., & two paintings featured at Kangaroo Ground Tower's Artists Trail
Publications, 10 including 'Feather and Brush' by Dr Penny Olsen;‘Dictionary of Australian Women Artists’, Max Germaine
Phd Thesis RMIT, Malcolm Drysdale Phd 'The environment, culture, and the experience of nature among Australian visual artists'
“ Inspiration Wild” book, Wildlife Art Museum of Australia 2014
Ona's creative interpretations often have a dreamtime feel. Aspects of nature become metaphors for the human spirit where
she uses symbols and totems to layer meaning in her painting and printmaking.
Her love of figures, landscapes and flowers are increasingly important in her new renaissance series.
Ona has collaborated with her husband, Syd Tunn as a result of the bushfires, in their CollaborArt Duet Series.
Co-ordinated the Nillumbik Artists Open Studio program from 1988 till 2005 jointly with the Nillumbik Shire.
Initiated the Victoria Archibald Salon des Refuses, 2002 & the Salon de Montsalvat Art Prize ( & curated it, 2006 ) Montsalvat Galleries.
Appointed director of the Dunmoochin Foundation Board 2005.
Works from a twenty square studio in The Bend of Islands, Kangaroo Ground.
'Creek House Studios', PO Box 12, Bend of Islands, Victoria, 3097 Australia