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.
In 2018 Judy Holding was a finalist in the Montalto Sculpture Prize for her work Tall Coloured Gum.
Judy Holding has exhibited extensively in Australia and abroad, and has been collected by many major institutions including: the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne; the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; the Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria; the Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria; the Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria; and the collections of Deakin, LaTrobe and Victoria University, Victoria; and the Parliament House Collection, Canberra.
In 2019 Judy Holding presented a solo exhibition Voices From The Land I at Alcaston Gallery. She also presented work in the exhibition Sea Change Tree Change Changing Together at Alcaston Gallery on the subject of climate change.
© The Artist & Alcaston Gallery, 2020