Julia Holden

I am a New Zealand artist based in Christchurch since 2012. My art practice is focused on service to the community through non-traditional interpretations of figurative painting and the marriage of painting with contemporary digital media. Consistently experimenting with modes of representation and presentation, I have developed innovative relational painting practices employing strategies focused upon encouraging public interaction, community connection and a wider social engagement.

Recent projects include Lyttelton Redux (2016-17), an audio-visual walking tour of 23 portraits of present-day Lyttelton locals reimagined as significant historical figures and exhibited in Lyttelton’s remaining buildings, discoverable by map and smart phone app, with a second exhibition at Canterbury Museum 2017. I’m Your Fan (2016) considered the artist-self in relation to the artist’s primary influence or artistic hero. Recent developments in my practice also include public ‘Performance Paintings’ – Draped Nude Auckland Art Gallery, Caroline, NZ Portrait Gallery (both 2017), and Leo (2016) The Arts Centre, Christchurch.

I graduated BFA at Elam, School of Fine Arts, Auckland, and MFA by Research, at Monash University, Melbourne. I was a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, 2011 and 2012, and have presented several solo exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand. I worked as Guest Lecturer at University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts during 2015.

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