“Painting is a personal act that works to understand the subject. Whether the subject be that of the internal world of the artist or a literal form of the external world, it is the very translation of thought to form that ignites life within the painting. As an artist, I wish to use the paint as a medium to explore this kindred connection that exists between the mark and intention.”
Holly Zandbergen returned to her hometown of Timaru after two years in London. Gaining considerable recognition in the United Kingdom, particularly for such a young artist, Zandbergen was the recipient of the Prudential Best Young Artists Award in the National Open Art Competition at the Royal College of Art.
In 2013, Zandbergen graduated from the Dunedin School of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts. Zandbergen held her first solo exhibition in London last year and the exhibition Terrain at the Aigantighe Art Gallery is her first solo exhibition at a public art gallery in New Zealand.
Zandbergen has been given permission to use photos by the pre-eminent landscape photographer and conservationist Craig Potton, as a source for her painting.
Terrain will run in conjunction with this year's Adam Portraiture Award at the Aigantighe Art Gallery in Timaru.
Opening night 5:30pm Friday 16th June.