“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.” So wrote critic Michael Dunn in the spring edition of Art New Zealand following Holly Zandbergen’s successful Black Asterisk botanical themed solo show in 2018.
So to Auckland Art Fair 2019, and the subject matter is landscape – the brooding hinterland of Fiordland, so perfect for Zandbergen’s innate grasp of mood and atmosphere. Working in oils and using the impasto method, Zandbergen layers her paint on, she says, by instinct rather than eye, capturing a moment in time, consolidating the wholeness of her subjects, across the day and the seasons, interpreting the ever changing light and shadow, be it on a mountain or a corner of a domestic garden with its cacophony of colour.
In 2013 Zandbergen won the UK Best Young Artist Award (Zandbergen is now 27) through the National Open Art Competition, showing at the Royal College of Art. This major
award gained her the attention of not only Black Asterisk – we presented and sold the winning piece at the Auckland Art Fair 2016 – but also Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London. With two galleries in London and one in New York, RHG has been prioritising
Zandbergen’s work at northern hemisphere art fairs and hosted a major solo in late 2017, opened by NZ High Commissioner Sir Jerry Mateparae, and has been invited back for another later in 2019.