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Creative Matters with Belinda Griffiths

Belinda Griffiths is a conceptual figurative artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. Her work lies 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 tension between mark and form has the potential to dig deeper and communicate something of the human experience that becomes instinctive and visceral. Belinda's work is an ongoing exploration of that potential.

In this episode we talk about how she came to emigrate from South Africa to New Zealand at the age of 18, how she started her career in design and then made the switch to full time artist. We discuss how she discovered printmaking and what she loves about monotypes, why she likes to create monotypes as well as paintings and her printmaking process.

We talk about the different residencies Belinda has done and how they have influenced her work, how she knows when a work is finished and successful, how she manages the push and pull between marks and form. And how she sees her process as a metaphor for her work and why she doesn't like to share all parts of her process.

MAWA 2014 artist residency in Winnipeg, Canada

2015 Train of Thought exhibition

2017 Mono - the painterly print

2019 Karekare Residency, west coast of Auckland

2020 Dust and Scratches, 3 artists at Silo6 (over lockdown) Artweek Auckland

2021 Highly Commended at Parkins Drawing Prize for large scale work on plastic

2022 Exhale exhibition at Föenander Galleries

2022 Working Title at Franklin Steel Gallery, 3 artists

2023 The Space Between at SIlo

Gallery 33 - Wanaka - Joint show with Simon Kaan and John Oxborough

Opens July 5th - 26th 2024

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