Rebecca Holden is a New Zealand visual artist who works predominantly in painting and drawing to weave rich narratives through her works. Recent projects have explored themes from WW1 to Grimm’s fairy tales. Rebecca welcomes collaborations and is currently open to commissions. Some artwork is currently for sale and can be obtained by contacting Rebecca.

About Rebecca Holden


My paintings, often large and gestural, employ visual narratives to explore the multiple guises of humanity

Rebecca Holden is an artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. In 2013 she completed her MFA at Massey University in Wellington. Rebecca has exhibited nationally with solo and group shows. Recently she had her first international solo show. In addition to her arts practice Rebecca also teaches in the fields of drawing and painting.

Artist Statement

“My paintings, often 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.

My paintings are project led which often determines the size and number of the works. The work is not fully planned before the act of painting takes place as it’s important for me to be open to chance happenings during the process of making. I enjoy the impromptu (and sometimes invited) participation of others in the formation of the work. These encounters challenge me to work in ways I might not immediately expect of myself.”

– Rebecca Holden


If you are wanting to collect Rebecca Holden’s artwork there are original paintings and limited edition prints available. Studio visits can be arranged by appointment if you would like to view the work in person before purchasing, please contact Rebecca to arrange this.

Limited edition prints are a good way to collect the work of an artist whose work you admire at a portion of the cost of an original. Rebecca’s editions are set at 10 only which makes them highly collectable.


Rebecca is also currently available to do commissions, if you have something in mind please contact Rebecca to discuss.

If you see an artwork you are interested in and you aren’t sure if it’s available or not. I can soon let you know.


Works by Rebecca Holden

Grimm Project artworks

Grimm’s Fairy Tales paintings

Sand in the Apricot Jam

– A WW1 commemorative project on the NZ Mounted Rifles

A Home Away from Home

– A WW1 project celebrating the women who ran the Aotea Convalscent home for NZ soldiers in Egypt