Bellart, Contemporary Indigenous Art by Danielle Burford.

Danielle Burford.

Practicing Art All My Life.
Producing art for most of my life and painting professionally for the past ten years.
My art reflects everything that is Australian, from animals and trees to the red dirt and sky,
using traditional colours and involving a range of tones to create depth.

Nature has always been a huge presence in my life. Born in Warrawong but growing up in regional NSW the bush was my backyard. Spending most of my childhood days in the remote region of Bourke exploring the bush and have fond memories of fishing and catching frogs with my younger brother on the banks of the beautiful Darling River.

I am a Wiradjuri woman who paints this amazing land as I see it.
My art is typically my culture and through it I am grounded and connected to who I am and where I’m from…by this creative process I am me.

Working in layers beginning with researching my topic, learning all there is to know about food, habitat, breeding habits etc.
The creation of a background is formed on this information and depicts its environment; the ocean, a river or the bark from a tree. A tattoo like image of the subject is set out on canvas, and finally the addition of detail, focusing on the animals’ anatomy.

It brings me great joy to know that people often walk away from my works with a different perspective and knowledge that they may not have known before and that every time my paintings are viewed, many find something new.

At the beginning of my Art Career I studied Visual Arts at Coffs Harbour to enhance my style but am self-taught in my designs.
I continue to develop my own art style and produce works that are exhibited regionally and internationally.
Coffs Harbour has been home for the past 15 years and enjoy exploring my environment that is Coastal life.

The Beginning.

2007 – Scotts Head Art Prize. 1st place Indigenous category with ‘Platypus Pond’. Best in show with ‘Goanna’. Scotts Head NSW.

2008 – Exhibition, Liminal Space, Coffs Harbour NSW.

2008 – Exhibition NAIDOC, 1st place with ‘Bogong Moth’ People’s choice Award with ‘Bogong Moth’. Coffs Harbour NSW.

2009 – Exhibition, ICO Gallery Tribecca, New York.

2009 – The Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award, with ‘Wonambi and the Wollemi Pine’. Regional Art Gallery, Grafton NSW.

2010 – The first winner of the Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Award with ‘Unsung Heroes, Yarrawarra.

2010 – Group Exhibition, Yarrawarra Cultural Centre NSW.

2011 – Exhibition & Competition Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award. Grafton Regional Art Gallery, NSW.

2011 – Festival of International Arts and Culture, Australia. La Pax La Pax, Baha California Sur.

2011 – Exhibition, Australian Embassy, Mexico City.

2011 – Exhibition, Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery Kempsey NSW.

2012 – Exhibition, The Jabidi Launch, Sydney Opera House NSW.

2012 – Exhibition, Southern Cross University Coffs Harbour NSW.

2012 – Exhibition, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre NSW.

2016 – Saltwater Freshwater Indigenous art Exhibition at Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery.

2017 – Saltwater Freshwater Indigenous Art Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery. “Kalang River Catfish’ highly commended and purchased by the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery NSW.

2017 – Birriimba (embrace) Exhibition, Yarrawarra Cultural Centre NSW

2018 – Yarrahapinni Festival Art Exhibition, Stuarts Point NSW. Leatherback Turtle won First Prize.

Danielle Burford
Contemporary Indigenous Art

Represented By.


Oasis moon Gallery,
Bellingen NSW.

Jaaning tree,
1 Wellington Drive
Nambucca Heads NSW.

Aboriginal Art Gallery
Kempsey NSW.

Wadjar Art Gallery,
Yarrawarra Cultural Centre NSW.

Arts Mid North Coast Inc,
Coffs Harbour NSW.

Grafton Regional Art Gallery,
Grafton NSW.

Coffs Harbour Museum,
Coffs Harbour NSW.

Bunker Cartoon Gallery,
Coffs Harbour NSW.

Liminal Space,
The Art Shop Coffs Harbour NSW.

Scotts Head Surf Club,
Scotts Head NSW.

SaltWater FreshWater Festival,
Coffs Harbour 2010.

Sydney Opera House,
Sydney NSW.

Regional Art Centre,
Muswellbrook NSW.

Regional Arts Gallery,
Coffs Harbour NSW.

United States

ICO Gallery,
27 North Moore Street
New York.

New York.

Baha California Sur

La Pax – International Festival of Native Arts and Culture
La Paz, Baha California Sur.


Australian Embassy,
Mexico City, Mexico.


Please contact me for information on any original artwork.
Prints are available and commissions are also welcome 🙂