Rebecca Holden

Rebecca Holden

Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand

About Rebecca Holden

My paintings, large and gestural, employ visual narratives to explore the multiple guises of humanity. The good and the bad conditions of humankind act as agency to my practice. I utilise figuration and colour in the portrayal of emotion and gesture.

Representations of animals, a regular feature in my works, are interwoven into the composite arrangement of my paintings. The animals are often metaphors for different aspects of humanity. The perspective of distance, be it geographical or historical, also informs my work.

In my paintings I utilise different levels of finish from sketched forms to layered, more highly rendered areas to give different levels of interest to areas of the work. Mistakes and corrections are left partially visible marking the progress of the works journey.


I hold a MFA from Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand and a BDes (Visual Communications Design) from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 – Sand in the Apricot Jam | Museum of Rishion LeZion, Israel (October 2017 – July 2018) Opened by Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy Governor General of New Zealand as part of the WW1 centenary commemorations in Israel
2017 – Once Upon a Time (exhibition at the conclusion of the Marsden Artist Residency) | National Portrait Gallery, Wellington, NZ (June 2017)
2017 – Sand in the Apricot Jam | Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ (4 March – 11 June 2017)
2016 – Sand in the Apricot Jam | National Army Museum, Waiouru, NZ (25 May – 28 August 2016)
2015 – Retold (Grimm Project) | Lake House Arts Centre, Auckland, NZ (11 – 29 November 2015)
2015 – Retold (Grimm Project) | Toi Poneke, Wellington, NZ (1 – 29 August 2015)
2014 – Sand in the Apricot Jam | Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt, NZ (12 July – 7 September 2014)