Belinda Griffiths is a conceptual figurative artist based in Auckland. Belinda works within the disciplines of painting and printmaking and explores the expressive power of the gestural mark. When coupled with depictions of the human form, this push and pull between mark and form, has the potential to dig deeper and communicate something of the human experience that becomes more authentic, more visceral.
Rob Garrett wrote of the sensual power of Griffiths’ work – a potent sensuality – which at times undercuts and almost contradicts the works conceptual origins. Belinda’s intimate yet anonymous portraits are more than depictions of human form, they are satisfyingly complex works – which while poetic, are not overly romantic – inviting reflection on the human condition, as they progress and unfold in front of the viewer
Belinda has been selected as a Finalist for the Parkin Drawing Prize 2021. She was awarded the Morpeth Canaday Art Award in 2010 and the Estuary Art Award in 2013. Her work is held in a number of public, private and corporate collections in New Zealand and overseas – including a number of works in the Wallace Arts Trust (Auckland) and the Vernon Public Art Gallery (British Columbia).
Recent Notable Achievements
2021 – Selected as a Finalist for the Parkin Drawing Prize 2021
2018 – Selected for the Karekare Trust Art Residency, March 2019
2018 – Artwork purchased by University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada
2018 – Two artworks acquired by Kelowna Art Gallery, Canada
2017 – Finalist in 26th Wallace Art Awards and part of the Travelling Finalist Exhibition.
2017 – Mono : The Painterly Print at NZ Steel Gallery, Franklin Art Centre
2016 – Finalist WSA New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Awards – Judge, Dr Zara Stanhope
2016 – Finalist Molly Morpeth Canaday Award – Judge, Richard Fahey
2015 – Three artworks purchased by Wallace Arts Trust
2015 – Article published in Artnews New Zealand, (dispatch piece about my artist residency at MAWA)
2013 – Selected for artist residency with MAWA, Winnipeg, Canada
2013 – Estuary Art Awards Supreme Winner – Judge, Rob Garrett
2011 – Molly Morpeth Canaday Finalist – Judge, Jennifer Buckley
2010 – Molly Morpeth Canaday Major Award Winner – Judge, Henry Symonds
View Belinda’s past exhibitions at Föenander Galleries