Belinda Nadwie creates abstracted landscapes that traverse emotional, psychological and spiritual experience. Working with oil paint, charcoal, spray paint and oil crayons, she captures a spectrum of moods – from quiet, melancholy moments of indigo and teal to rapturous swathes of Persian pink and saffron. The viewer can choose where they sit in this vast spectrum of emotion; whether they gravitate towards the darkness or the light.
The artist paints intuitively without preconception, each work reading like a painterly stream of consciousness that allows the viewer fleeting glimpses into her inner world. Her paintings are reflections of where she is at any one time, with the day, the mood and the inspiration spontaneously coming together in a colourful union. ‘Colour and balance are my passion’ says Nadwie, ‘My expressions are all feeling–based.’ Although the works are non-representational, there are moments in which physical landscapes flicker across the canvas, reminding us of the enduring force of nature.
There is a maternal, nurturing modality to the works as Nadwie draws from her experiences of motherhood. Pastels and whites represent innocence, joy and love while also channelling a sense of spirituality, the prominent use of light like transcendental beacons from another world. For Nadwie, her paintings express the subjectivity of positivity, symbolising the power of the mind in choosing a positive outlook despite challenging circumstances. Energetic, abstracted applications of paint infuse the work with an enduring optimism, as the artist reflects ‘it’s about being at peace with oneself, being present in the moment and embracing light and positivity.’
By presenting the purity of self–expression, Nadwie’s paintings ultimately offer a raw and natural respite from our fast–paced technological lives.
I hope my work brings you as much happiness as it does me.
Year 1 Bachelor of Fine Art - Curtain University WA 2007
Gold Coast Art Centre – Gold Coast 1990
Gold Coast Art Centre – Group Exhibition - Gold Coast 1992
Art Connection Gallery – Group Exhibition - Oxenford QLD 2005
Art Moment Gallery – Group Exhibition - Bondi 2006
Eden Gardens - Solo Exhibition - Ryde 2007
Swanes Nursery - Group Exhibition - Dural 2007
Arcadian Artists Trail - Group Show - Arcadia 2015
Colour, Life, Love, Patterns, Nature, Happiness