Lisa Holden, Digital photography, Fine art photography, Photography, Self portrait, Photography women, Portrait photography
The disconnection between identity and environment is ever-present in Lisa Holden’s art. As an adopted child she always felt “like a square peg in a round hole,” not quite belonging to the world she found herself in. Born in London to a South African mother and Austrian father, Holden was given up for adoption. Growing up with British parents in the North of England near Liverpool, her roots were never firmly planted. This fractured beginning has informed her work in subsequent years. Consistently throughout her career Holden has explored her identity from a personal and societal perspective. Presenting herself to the world through her work, she has developed a complex visual language that is as layered as the identity she chooses to explore.
The ties that bind her psychologically, physically and emotionally are transposed through the manipulation of many materials. The final result is a photograph, yet this ocular enterprise is by no means achieved through usual photographic practice.
To describe Holden’s art one must understand the processes that make up the final product. There are often around 60 stages in making one piece alone, with up to 85% of Holden’s production discarded in its final or end stages. Viewing the work to scale can make or break the final outcome. This massive output is all part of the creative process for Holden, who frequently finishes a work, prints it full size, to then reject it. The finished work is therefore fully formed and meticulously considered before it is presented to the wider world. This obsessive attention to detail has given her the reputation she has today and procured fascinating and challenging imagery.
Nominee at the 6th Annual Photography Masters Cup with:
Nominee in Fine Art | The Precise Arc
Nominee in Abstract | Storm Trees 2
You can find my work in the Winners' Exhibit:
My work is featured in the upcoming edition of the Korean magazine PHOTO+
with PUG, Oslo
at PhotoMarket in Stockholm organised by Fotografiska the Swedish centre for contemporary photography
15th-17th February 2013
tel. + 47 9133 2343
//Fotografiska presents PhotoMarket for the first time, with some of the worlds leading photography galleries. Only 8 European galleries were invited, and we are proud to be part of them.//
PhotoMarket coincides with Stockholm Art Week – a new platform for the Stockholm art scene. Leading institutions, museums, fairs, galleries and other participants will arrange special events during the week. At PhotoMarket both established and future art collectors can discover intriguing contemporary photography, attend lectures and discussions providing valuable insights into the art of collecting photography,
FEATURED IN FILM ABOUT DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
3D: Darkly Digital and Divine. A film by ROBERT ADANTO
This is a link to part of that interview
Last September, my work was included in UNSEEN, a photo fair and festival organized by FOAM, the Amsterdam museum for photography. Pieces from a recent series were presented by A Noble Gallery, London.
My work is in the collection of Ploum, Lodder & Princen Advocaten in Rotterdam.
A website of their collection has just launched. For a virtual tour of their collection, including my work AMBER, visit:
Lisa Holden has exhibited at numerous international art fairs including Paris Photo, AIPAD New York, Photo LA, Art Brussels, Art Chicago, FIAC, Art Amsterdam, PAN Amsterdam, Cologne 21, Artissima and Art Miami.
Her work is featured in numerous international publications and magazines including EYEMAZING, Focus, World Sculpture News, Camera Work and Fotografi.
Lisa Holden is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide, such as ABN AMRO, the Peabody Essex Museum USA, Achmea, Akzo Nobel, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the municipal art collection of Innsbruck, Austria, the Meyer family collection, the Braun family collection, the Lawrence Levy family collection.
Selected solo exhibitions include I Won"t Be Your Mirror at Diemar|Noble in London, Elusive Eye at Gas Unie Holland, Erwartung at France Lejeune Fine Art Knokke, Belgium, Running Wild at Olivier Houg Galerie, Lyon, France, UNLEASHED at Ron Mandos Galerie Holland
Group exhibitions include Land/City/Real/Imagined at Diemar|Noble (opening August 2011), 7th Lane curated by Ellen-K Syverstad in Oslo Norway, Labyrinth at the Rijksmuseum in Twenthe Holland, Making Love to My Ego, Castlefield Gallery UK, The Book Show at The Nunnery in London / The Wordsworth Trust, curated by Simon Morley, Per Saldo, North Brabant Museum Holland, Two Step at CCNOA, Brussels, curated by Robert Preece Projects.
Lisa Holden is supported by the The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture
If you would like to join my mailing list or find out more about my work, you can reach me at
or contact one of my dealers for Europe and USA queries:
L A Noble Gallery
Mob:+44(0)7733 896 164
Directors: Paul Wilms & Carla Scheffers
5911 GC Venlo
Ellen-K Syverstad Fine Art Photography, Oslo
Contemporary / Vintage Works
Dir. Alex Novak
Iris Gallery of Fine Art Photography
Dir. Alison Collins
Iris Aspen Gallery
520 East Hyman Avenue
Aspen, CO 81611
Iris Boston Gallery
129 Newbury Street (located between Clarendon & Dartmouth)
Boston, MA 02116
Images: Lisa Holden
Website: www.bicmultimedia.nlJohn (After Caravaggio), Girl with Apples, The Precise Arc, Dark Trees, Golden Tree, Storm Trees 2, Forest, Trees (Study #1), Pines, Twilight, Muse (Flora), Lilith, Lamia (The Desert), The Lake (Lilith series), Wild Flowers, Scarlet and Gold (Lilith series), Bathers, The Poets, Rivals, Siren, Miami 2008 installation view, Art Chicago installation view, LA installation view,