Del Kathryn Barton

Del Kathryn Barton

Del Kathryn Barton completed a Master of Fine Arts.

Del Kathryn Barton is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost figurative painters, known for being able to spellbind and awe viewers. Often representing extreme and opposing forces: real versus mythical; vulnerability versus immense strength; brevity versus timelessness; fear versus knowing. She herself says that her art means “everything” and “is like a lifeforce”.

Barton is a two-time winner of Australia’s most prestigious prize for portraiture – the Australian Archibald Prize – a position shared with only one other female artist, Judy Cassab. Her winning 2008 portrait featured Barton with her children, and the 2013 winning portrait was of Australian actor Hugo Weaving.

Since her first exhibition at Sydney’s Arthaus Gallery in 1995, Barton has held several major solo shows including angel dribble at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery; The Nightingale and the Rose at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne; The highway is a disco at ARNDT Gallery in Singapore; Del Kathryn Barton at Giorgio Armani in Martin Place, Sydney; the whole of everything at Karen Woodbury Gallery; Del Kathryn Barton at the Penrith Regional Gallery; please.dont stop. at Kaliman Gallery in Sydney; thankyou for loving me at Karen Woodbury Gallery in Melbourne; Girl at Ray Hughes Gallery in Sydney; and Drawings and Objects also at Ray Hughes Gallery.

She’s been featured regularly in Australian Art Collector, on the cover (issue 39), listed among Australia's 50 Most Collectible Australian Artists in (issue 35), and voted Australia's Most Collectible Australian Artist (issue 39). Barton collaborated with the Sydney based fashion label Romance was Born from 2006-2008.

Del Kathryn Barton is held in numerous prominent private and public collections, including BHP Billiton, Melbourne; Art and Australia, Sydney; Artbank; Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the RACV Art Collection, Melbourne; The University of Sydney Union Collection and UBS, Sydney.