Julia Holden

Julia Holden’s arts practice is a cross-disciplinary hybrid of traditional oil painting, photography and film. Her hand made films quietly explore the idea of painting as a dedicated practice, a private, meditative ritual or habit. Making a work employs time, patience and craft to paint each of the individual works in oils (up to 1000) that constitute an ‘animated painting’ of 2-3 minutes duration (no audio component).

“I am committed to finding new and innovative ways of combining painting with other media to diversify potential outcomes for painting. Creating works with outcomes that range from large-scale public projections to small-scale internet or mobile phone devices allows the artwork to reach diverse audiences in their everyday spaces.”

Holden brings to her arts practice an extensive early career in film and television. Upon graduating from Elam, School of Fine Arts in 2007, she moved to Melbourne, where she gained Master of Fine Arts by Research from Monash University in 2011. Holden was a finalist in the premier Australian national emerging artist award, The Churchie, 2011, and was twice a finalist in Australia’s richest art prize, The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, in 2011 and 2012. Holden was one of 16 nationally selected Australian artists for SafARI 2012, the Sydney Artist Run Spaces unofficial fringe show to the Sydney Biennale. Since moving to Christchurch in 2012 she has participated in solo and group shows, and was a finalist in the 2013 Wallace Art Award, New Zealand.

Selected Exhibitions

Every Artist, City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi, Wellington
#LunaMeditates, Masons Screen, Wellington

Her Indoors (solo), Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua, Whanganui
Newly Formed, PG Gallery192, Christchurch

Marven Fuller, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
Julia Holden: Performance Painting, NZ Portrait Gallery, Wellington
Fanfiction, PG Gallery192, Christchurch

Lyttelton Redux, Canterbury Museum, Christchurch
Draped Nude (Audrey Baldwin, after Henri Matisse), Auckland Art Gallery
Caroline (Ruby Cumming, after Leo Bensemann), New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington
Audrey, Tiny Mural for the Social, Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
Making Space, The Social, Wellington

Lyttelton Redux, Installation and Walking Tour, Lyttelton
Leo (Sam Clague, after Rita Angus), The Arts Centre, Christchurch
The Lyttelton Venues, performance painting, Lyttelton Arts Factory, Lyttelton
I’m Your Fan, Chambers241, Christchurch
Olympia, performance painting, Chambers241, Christchurch

Through the Glass Ceiling, Tin Palace, Lyttelton

its like now, Artbox installation, Christchurch
#WishYouWereHereChch, 5 x billboard installation and postcard edition, Christchurch / Wellington / Auckland
Julia Holden, 30 Upstairs Gallery, Wellington
38 Days, CPIT Artbox, Christchurch
Present Tense, The Inconvenience Store, Christchurch

Something Super, FESTA, Festival of Transitional Architecture, Christchurch
38 Days, No Vacancy Gallery and Federation Square Screens. Melbourne, Australia
The Extraordinary Shapes of Geoffrey Rush, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Austhetic By Night 2013 Federation Square Screens, Melbourne, Australia

Off the Strip New Genres Festival, Centre for Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, USA
The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Sydney, NSW, Australia
AUSthetic 2012, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
ThreeOneSixOh Experimental Film Festival, Melbourne, (Australia)