Judy Holding’s love of the Australian landscape is the inspiration behind her beautiful works on paper and sculptures. Since 1979, the artist has habitually travelled to the Northern Territory, especially to the monsoonal escarpment country of the Kakadu region, to observe and document indigenous ritual practices, spiritual beliefs and social structures. The rich imagery that adorns Holding’s art works is drawn from her lived experience of the Australian landscape.
Holding’s artworks exude energy. The artist strives to capture the energy of place, the distance and relation between places and revealing the hidden forces that preside also within the ancient Australian landscape. She has developed a repertoire of colours and symbols that she reproduces and reconfigures in three dimensional objects, drawings, paintings with watercolour, cut outs, layering and collage.
In 2014 Holding experimented further with the application of paint on metal, using bronze and other media to create objects synonymous with nature, with bold contemporary forms. Her sculptures often appear in stark contrast to her watercolour paintings, but are united in her poly-situated life and artistic endeavors.
In 2015 Alcaston Gallery represented Judy Holding at Sydney Contemporary 15 and hosted her solo exhibition Painted Diaries from 29 September – 23 October 2015.
In 2017 Holding exhibited in Birds: Flight Paths of Australian Art at the Mornington Regional Peninsula Gallery; The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art at the Castlemaine State Festival in Victoria; and, Time and Tide, Alcaston Gallery as a part of the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 Festival.
Judy Holding has been collected by many National institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Deakin University Art Collection, Melbourne, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin and the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne.
© The Artist & Alcaston Gallery, 2017
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2012 Silhouette Australis, Deakin University Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2013 Connections 11, Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2014 New Work, Beaver Galleries Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
2015 Painted Diaries, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2017 The Layered Landscape, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 Festival d’Australie, Divonne, France
2012 Biting Issues, Maryborough Art Gallery, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia
2012 Small Sculpture, McClelland Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2013 Wisdom of Birds, Latrobe University Gallery, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
2014 37°48’ Artists Navigate Melbourne, National Arts Club, New York City, New York, USA
2015 All About Art: Brisbane, Alcaston Gallery Annual Collector's exhibition at White Canvas Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
2015 Sydney Contemporary 15, Carriageworks represented by Alcaston Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2016 Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Biennial National Works on Paper Award, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Victoria, Australia
2016-17 Birds: Flight Paths of Australian Art, Mornington Regional Peninsula Gallery, Mornington, Victoria, Australia
2017 The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art, curated by Beverly Knight and Dr Clare Wright, Castlemaine State Festival, Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
2017 Time and Tide, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria Australia, an ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 Festival exhibition
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS
2008 Commission, Spoleto Art Hotel, Spoleto, Italy
2009 WINNER, Banyule City Council Works on Paper Award
2011 Artist in Residence, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2012 Artist in Residence, Kathmandu Contemporary Art Space, Kathmandu, Nepal
2012 Commission, Rural School of Health, La Trobe University, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
2014 Finalist, 2014 SCOPE Galleries Art Award - Art Concerning Environment
2016 Artist in Residence, Hermannsburg Potters, Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, Australia
2016 Finalist, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing
2016 Finalist, Mornington Peninsula National Works on Paper Award
2016 Finalist, Swan Hill Print and Drawing Award
2016 Finalist, Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award
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