Lymesmith / Sonia van de Haar

Sonia van de Haar first studied Painting at the Canberra Institute of the Arts, ANU, and Architecture at the University of NSW. Sonia later studied fresco painting at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. It wasn’t until 2004, when Sonia solidified her creative profile, Lymesmith. The name, Lymesmith, was coined to describe one who works with lime, and whose practice makes essential connections across the disciplines of architecture, painting and urban design.

Lymesmith works between colour, architecture and art, creating inventive and architectural sensitive colour concepts and painted interventions for buildings, infrastructure, walls, street scapes, public places, landscapes and interiors.

Sonia’s specialisation and approach to colour in the built environment has resulted in ongoing relationships with some of Sydney’s leading architecture and design firms, and to multiple awards such as; AIA NSW Public Architecture Award in 2016, Gold Sydney Design Award in 2015 and RAIA Urban Design Architecture Award in 2008, to name a few of several achievements.

Sonia’s most recent project The Runnel, is a 150metre long road painting for ELYSIUM Laneway Placemaking and Beautification project in Byron Bay. Through incorporating site specific material palettes, Sonia’s ambition behind this road painting was to express and enhance onlookers understanding of the laneway.

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