Belinda Golder Kngwarraye
BORN: Alice Springs, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Anmatyerre
COMMUNITY: Utopia, NT
Belinda is an Anmatyerre woman born 1986 in Alice Springs. Her traditional country is Alhalkere, situated 250km’s North East of Alice Springs in the Utopia Region of Central Australia. She is one of five children to Sammy Petyarre and Margaret Golder. Belinda presently lives in Alice Springs with her husband and children.
Growing up surrounded by artists, Belinda and her sister the renowned artist Janet Golder, developed their artistic skills from a very early age as they watched and learned from renowned Australian artists such as their aunty the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye, her uncle’s Greeny Purvis Petyarre and Kupptji Kngwarreye, her aunties, the well-known Petyarre sisters and her grandmother Polly Ngale and extended grandmother’s Kathleen and Angelina Ngale, just to name a few.
The theme for Belinda’s paintings come from her grandmother’s story – Bush Plum, a woman’s story that belongs to Ahalpere country. Her application of thick layers of paint blended with a large bristle brush successfully produces a delicate soft floral motif representative of the flowers of the Bush Plum or Conkleberry. The Anmatyerre women of Utopia still celebrate awelye – women’s ceremony, for this very important bush food.
Belinda is an up-and-coming young artist whose beautiful paintings have already been represented in many group exhibitions and can be found in private collection both in Australia and overseas.
2019 Montalto Sculpture Prize, Red Hill South, VIC – Finalist
2001 Cape York Art Awards – 1st Prize paintings in general for an acrylic on canvas painting “Sorrow”
2000 Art of Place Awards, Canberra – work selected for exhibition
1999 Cape York Art Awards – 1st Prize in Works on Paper for etching on chine colle “Spirits Dance”