Kevin Bynder is a local indigenous artist who has painted a commemorative art piece celebrating the 100th year of amateur football in Western Australia. A poster version of this painting is available to purchase via the link above.
“Because it’s the Perth Football League, I have done a piece on Whadjuk country,” he said. “I’ve implemented our coastline, pretty much from Joondalup down to Mandurah and then through the middle of Swan River.
“It looks pretty cool – it can be confusing and complicated with so many things happening but if you pinpoint what certain sections mean then you’ll understand it better.”
An avid football fan, Mr Bynder played amateur football for Nollamara and is the older cousin of Fremantle Dockers great, Des Headland, who is now Nollamara Football Club’s President.
“I still go down – I only live around the corner, so I pretty much grew up around that football club with my younger cousin Des Headland,” he said.
Mr Bynder previously designed the 2018 West Coast Eagles and Port Adelaide Indigenous Round jumpers, as well as having just completed the Fremantle Dockers 2021 Indigenous Round jumper.
Mr Bynder outlined the thought-through details of the art piece, which included the PFL logo and 1922 in roman numerals.
“Trailing the logo I’ve put the three seasons that the football season is played in,” he said. “You’ve got Djeran, which is April/May, in your greens. Then you’ve got blues, which is the winter season called Makuru. After that you have August/September, which is Djilba.
“At the very bottom I have the Darling Range, it’s actually what Noongar people think is the resting place of the rainbow serpent. I put that in there because it’s a special part of the Aboriginal land.”
“I’ve put some white circles around the Darling Range and that represents the past members who have passed and laid the foundations to what amateur football is now,” he said.
Mr Bynder made sure to leave considerable room for University Football Club, being the oldest and most successful club in the amateurs.
“I think it’s significant for a club to have won, I think, 96 titles when the league has been around for 100 years,” he said.
Mr Bynder said the art piece took around three days to complete, working on it five or six hours each day.