Julia Holden is a New Zealand artist whose arts practice encompasses the disciplines of performance, painting, photography and film.

Working continuously within the portraiture genre, Holden centres her production upon outcomes that emphasise community connection and a wider social engagement. Arriving in Christchurch post-earthquake, recent projects have included the nationally travelling billboard and postcard exhibition WishYouWereHereChch, concluding with a 50-portrait installation its like now (2014), Through the Glass Ceiling (2015), and I’m Your Fan (2016).

Holden’s stop-motion ‘animated paintings’ works extend the rhythms, narrative and potential meanings of the painted image. Each frame is individually rendered in the ‘permanent’ material of oil paint, and yet only a handful of actual paintings survive as a kind of residue of the process. These works investigate the discipline of painting in self-reflexive, narrative fictions gently probing the notion of painting as a private, repetitive, meditative daily practice, ritual or habit.

Julia Holden graduated BFA at Elam, School of Fine Arts, Auckland, in 2007 and gained Master of Fine Arts by Research from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, in 2011.  While in Australia Holden was a finalist in The Churchie, 2011, exhibited in SafARI 2012, and was a finalist in The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2011 and 2012.

Since moving to Christchurch in 2012, Holden has directly engaged with rebuild projects, exhibits regularly and worked as guest Lecturer at Ilam School of Fine Arts, Christchurch.

Video below produced as preview to works for SafARI 2012, director Sabrina Organo.