Holly Zandbergen paints fluently with an intense pleasure in her task that helps give a perfect match between subject matter and technique. It all seems effortless, as if she creates her works like a bird singing its song - something joyous and spontaneous.Based on flowers in her mother's garden, her works have something of the freedom of colour and gestural handling that one associates with late Monet in his Giverny garden paintings.

She has said that she layers her paint, guided by instinct, and she is at her best when the abstract expressionist style is given free rein. It is the paint that gives life and meaning to the art, at times so tactile and intermeshed across the surface, but it has a relief-like persona. Using impasto, she creates thick dabs and strokes of paint which form ridges and hollows that agitate the surface to suggest that it is in constant movement.

Unlike botanical artist who focus on hard-edge descriptive rendering of individual flowers and plants, Holly Zandbergen's Compositions of Nature series, present a more generalised manner in which the various blooms can be identified but not closely seen.

                                                                              - Michael Dunn

Education
2011-13 BVA Dunedin School of Art, New Zealand

 

Awards
2018 ‘Distinguished Alumni’ Award, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand
2015 Winner of the Prudential ‘Best Young Artists Award’, The National Open Art
Competition, The Royal College of Art, London
2013 Shortlisted for NZAAT ‘Emerging Artist Award’, The New Zealand Art Show,
Wellington, New Zealand


Collections
Chris Parkin Collection, QT Museum Wellington, New Zealand

Solo Exhibitions
2020 ‘Ephemeral Worlds,’ Black Asterisk Gallery, Auckland
2019 ‘Touch,’ Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London
2018 ‘Compositions Of Nature’, Black Asterisk Gallery, Auckland
2017 ‘I Sit In The Blue Of The Hills’, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
‘Terrain’, Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru, New Zealand
2016 ‘The River Series’, Graham Hunter Gallery, London


Group Exhibitions/Fairs
2019 Battersea Affordable Art Fair, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
RSM Plunket Law Art Show, Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru, New Zealand
Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
Hampstead Heath Affordable Art Fair, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
Auckland Art Fair, The Cloud, Black Asterisk Gallery, Auckland
2018 Context, Art New York, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, New York
Battersea Affordable Art Fair, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2017 Art Toronto, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Toronto
LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
Seattle Art Fair, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Seattle
‘Source: Reflections on Water’, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
ZAFAA 2017, Ashburton Art Gallery, Ashburton, New Zealand
Molly Morpeth Canady Award 17, Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi, Whakatāne Library and
Exhibition Centre, Whakatane, New Zealand
2016 ‘Wilderness - Reading the Landscape’, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
‘Big Little Things, The Great Small Art Group Show’, Black Asterisk Gallery, Auckland
The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
Auckland Art Fair, Black Asterisk Gallery, Auckland
The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, The Mall Galleries, London
2015 ‘NOA Winner's Exhibition’, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
The National Open Art Exhibition, The Royal College of Art, London
‘38th Wimbledon Studios Open Show’, Wimbledon Art Studios, London
Creekside Open 2015, selected by Lisa Milroy, APT Gallery, London
‘37th Wimbledon Studios Open Show’, Wimbledon Art Studios, London
2014 ‘36th Wimbledon Open Studios Art Show’, Wimbledon Art Studios, London
‘37th Annual RSM Law Plunket Art Show’, Aigantighe Art Gallery, New Zealand
2013 ‘The New Zealand Art Show’, TSB Bank Arena, Wellington, New Zealand
‘SITE’, Dunedin School of Art, Dunedin, New Zealand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Medley of Roses

Oil on canvas

170 x 170 cm

2020

Indigo Bloom

Oil on canvas

115 x 170 cm

2020

Iridescence

Oil on canvas

115 x 170 cm

2020