Timaru artist's paintings to be displayed in Seattle, London and Toronto - Timaru Herald

Jul 1 2017

Timaru Herald, KOREN ALLPRESS, June 6 2017.

Holly Zandbergen sitting next to her painting Chalky Island, Fiordland at the Aigantighe Art Gallery ahead of her upcoming exhibition Terrain.

A Timaru artist's paintings will gain global exposure when they are displayed in Seattle, London and Toronto later this year.

But before then, she will stage her first solo exhibition at Timaru's Aigantighe Art Gallery.

Holly Zandbergen, 25, said her upcoming exhibition Terrain was inspired by a book of photographs by Kiwi photographer Craig Potton.

Timaru artist Holly Zandbergen with some of her oil paintings to be exhibited at the Aigantighe Art Gallery.

"I actually stumbled across him in the Timaru Library," Zandbergen said.

She was looking for images of Antarctica at the time, but found Potton's book and loved what he had to say about the mountains.

"Mainly it was the feelings that mountains evoke when you're in their presence ... these majestic things can be places of spiritual contemplation."

Timaru artist Holly Zandbergen graduated from the Dunedin School of Art in 2013, before heading to London in 2014.

She said she had used a very thick layer of oil paint on canvas to convey the emotional connection she had with the landscapes

"You can see the texture."

It took her a couple of months to put the 10 paintings together, which depict different landscapes, including mountains and coastal areas, based on Potton's photographs.

"I'm really excited to do this show."

Zandbergen graduated from the Dunedin School of Art in 2013, before heading to London on her OE in 2014.

"I really didn't think I was going to be an artist," she said.

However, she was inspired by the many art galleries in London, and subsequently entered numerous competitions, before winning an award and signing with internationally renowned London based gallery director Rebecca Hossack.

Since arriving back in Timaru in May 2016, she has put together a collection of large paintings, also based on Potton's photos, of the Southern Alps to be sent overseas.

"The gallery said we want to launch you into some international art fairs, and see how people respond."

Her paintings will first go on show in an art fair in Seattle, followed by one of Hossacks' two London galleries, and then an art fair in Toronto.

She will attend the exhibition in London.

"In my mind, I knew I wanted to do something on a global level, but I didn't know it would be an art fair, and to this level," she said.

"I am quite surprised."

Zandbergen said she has gone back and forth between painting figures and landscapes, but was always driven by her emotional response to something.

"I would love to move into abstraction."

She hopes to establish herself further as an artist when she moves to Christchurch in October.

Terrain will open at the Aigantighe Art Gallery on June 16 and will be up until July 30.

- Stuff