< Sonali Patel


Sonali is a multidisciplinary contemporary artist, based in Adelaide, Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Sculpture) from the Adelaide College of Arts and painting at the Adelaide Central School of Art. Her oeuvres are metaphorical and philosophical explorations of identity and the natural environment. Her aim is to create work that negotiates the intersection of social narratives and contemporary life, articulated through sculpture, ceramics, painting, and mixed media installation.



  • 2014-17 Advanced Diploma in Arts (Professional Writing), Adelaide College of Arts
  • 2002-07 Bachelor of Visual Art and Design (Sculpture), Adelaide College of Arts
  • 2002-06 Adelaide Central School of Art, Painting Studies for 5 years
  • 1992 -94 Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design, Marleston TAFE, Adelaide
  • 1985 Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Mumbai University, Mumbai


  • 2017 Studio Orta Residency in Paris, Les Moulins, contemporary painting with Jorge Orta
  • 2017 Artist- in- Residence at SAHMRI and solo exhibition
  • 2011 Studio Orta Residency – Invited by Jorge + Lucy Orta to create sculptures for Les Nuages Exhibition, La Maréchalerie, Versailles
  • 2010 Apart, We Are Together, Adelaide International 2010 Selected for the Heart Workshop, Jam Factory with Jorge Orta

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2022 Heartwood, Collective Haunt, Adelaide
  • 2022 Joie de Vivre, Minor Works Building, Adelaide
  • 2021 Heavenly Bodies, Collective Haunt, Adelaide
  • 2019 Transient, SALA Exhibition, JPE Design Studio, Adelaide
  • 2017 A Heart has a Thousand Names SALA Exhibition at the SAHMRI

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2022 Convergence, Galeria Azur, Berlin (December) Finalist Heysen Sculpture Biennial Exhibition, Carrick Hill, Adelaide Finalist Gallery M Contemporary Art Prize, Marion, Adelaide Constantly Curious, Hahndorf Academy, SALA Exhibition, Hahndorf Alternative Aspects, Glenelg Art Gallery, SALA Exhibition, Glenelg Nature and Consciousness, Main Gallery, SALA Exhibition, Adelaide Prospect Community Show, Newmarch Gallery, Adelaide Small Works Art Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery, Brunswick, Melbourne
  • 2021 Finalist Tatiara Art Prize, Walkway Gallery, Bordertown, SA Finalist Du Rietz Art Award, Gympie Regional Gallery, Queensland Fifty Squared Art Prize Exhibition, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne By George Art Prize, Hellenic Studies, Wakefield Street, Adelaide Prospect Community SALA show, Newmarch Gallery, Adelaide Music is the trigger SALA show, Campbelltown Arthouse, Adelaide Finalist (Online) Lethbridge 20000, Melbourne Finalist All Connections to Unley Art Prize, Hughes Gallery, Fullarton Small Works Art Prize Exhibition, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne Remade, Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully, Adelaide St Ignatius Miniatures Art Show, Norwood, Adelaide Wish you were here, Adelaide Central School of Art Fundraising Exhibition Celebrations, Arthouse Campbelltown, Adelaide A Haunt Collision, Collective Haunt Group show, Norwood
  • 2020 Finalist Du Rietz Art Awards, Gympie Regional Gallery, Queensland Finalist (Online) Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Award, Paddington, Melbourne Prospect Community SALA Show, Newmarch Gallery, Adelaide Collect, Group Fundraiser exhibition, Collective Haunt, Adelaide Wish you were here, Annual Fundraising exhibition, Adelaide
  • 2019 Finalist in Prospect Portrait Prize, Newmarch Gallery, Adelaide Finalist in Urban Cow Prize, Climate, Vaughan Place, Adelaide In the Flesh, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide Gardens of the Heart, Fringe Exhibition, Fabrik, Lobethal
  • 2018 Winner of the ACMD Acquisitive Art Prize, Art in Science/ Science in Art Exhibition, St Vincent Gallery, Melbourne Connected Thread, SALA Exhibition, Lobethal
  • 2017 Heart has a Thousand Names, Solo exhibition at SAHMRI, Adelaide Finalist – Advertiser Contemporary SALA Award, Keith Murdoch Hall, Adelaide Loretto Spring Art Show
  • 2015 Renew Pepper Street Gallery, SALA Festival Belonging Norwood Council Gallery, The Parade, Adelaide
  • 2014 Subtext, SA Writers’ Centre, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2013 The ERA We Live In, Prospect Gallery, (touring with 7 Eastern Council galleries), SALA WOMADelaide
  • 2013, selected artists, Helpmann Academy Re-purposed Books, The Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga
  • 2012 Germinate, Queens Theatre, 2012 Australian Ceramics Triennial
  • 2009 SALA Festival, Kensington Gallery, Adelaide Become Acquainted, Artistic License Gallery, Melbourne St, North Adelaide
  • 2008 Women to Watch, Kensington Gallery, Adelaide Freedom with Figurative & Formative, Artistic License Gallery
  • 2007 Cognoscenti with sauce, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide SALA Festival, Norwood Town Hall, The Parade, Norwood
  • 2006 Temptations for all, Artistic License Gallery, Adelaide SALA Festival, Kensington Gallery, Adelaide
  • 2005 Florescence, Artistic License Gallery, Adelaide SALA Festival, Kensington Gallery, Adelaide
  • 2004 Sincerely yours, Fringe Festival, Artistic License Gallery, Adelaide

Articles & Review

  • 2022 Neylon, John, InDaily magazine review, Nov issue Heysen Sculpture Biennial stirs the possums at Carrick Hill (
  • 2021 Sculpture Magazine, July/Aug 2021 issue, Pg. 14
  • 2021 Art Edit Magazine, Summer 2021, Issue #30, Pg. 1
  • 2017 Campbell, Lance. SA Life, August 2017
  • 2015 Chandiok, Avi. Indian Link, September 2015
  • 2011 Bull, Chris. Update Arts magazine, Issue 73, (Paris Residency 2011) helpmann-academy/9
  • 2011 Clifton, Catherine. Paris Art Trail, Adelaide Matters, Issue 141, December 2011 Heart – The Gift Workshop, Update magazine, Vol.17, No 1, Issue 17, Mar-May
  • 2010 Peter Goers, 891 ABC Radio Interview, Nov 2010
  • 2009 Clifton, Catherine. Body Conscious, Adelaide Matters, Issue 116, October 2009
  • 2008 Gallery’s choice, Scoop Traveller magazine (SA, Vic & Tas), Issue July 2008
  • 2008 Ditessa, Rob. Slow Art, Australian Ceramics, Glasswork & pottery, Issue Oct
  • 2007 Sutter, Lauren. Cognoscenti with sauce, dB magazine, Issue 424, 2007
  • 2007 Sutter, Lauren. Issue, 2007 in review, Visual art, dB magazine, Issue 428, 2007
  • 2006 Clifton, Catherine. Creative Energy, Adelaide Matters, Issue 75, September
  • 2004 Clifton, Catherine. In Bloom, Adelaide Matters, July 2004, Issue 60


The ginkgo is a living fossil. The oldest living tree species that has remained unchanged for more than 200 million years. In autumn, the stunning fan-shaped yellow leaves fall like rain, covering the ground in a golden carpet. For that reason, ginkgo is called ‘raining gold’. These artworks present the sensations felt in the presence of the ginkgo and personify vibrant energetic fields between our psyche and nature.