Del Kathryn Barton

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Del Kathryn Barton
Born (1972-12-11) 11 December 1972 (age 46)
Sydney, Australia
AwardsArchibald Prize
2008 You are what is most beautiful about me, a self portrait with Kell and Arella

Archibald Prize
2013 hugo

Del Kathryn Barton (born 11 December 1972) is an Australian artist, who won the 2008 and 2013 Archibald Prizes.[2][3]


Barton studied at the College of Fine Arts of the University of New South Wales, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1993. She was later employed at the College as a lecturer.[4] She has held numerous solo exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne since her first in 1995.[5]

Her solo exhibitions include: The Nightingale and the Rose, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne, Australia (2016); the highway is a disco, ARNDT, Singapore (2015); Electro Orchid, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2014); The Nightingale and the Rose, Heide Museum of Modern Art (2012); the stars eat your body, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney (2009); the whole of everything, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne (2008) and thank you for loving me, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne (2005).[6]

On 7 March 2008, it was announced that Barton had won the 2008 Archibald Prize for portraiture, for You are what is most beautiful about me, a self portrait with Kell and Arella, a self-portrait with her two children.[7] Barton said of the portrait: "This painting celebrates the love I have for my two children and how my relationship with them has radically informed and indeed transformed my understanding of who I am".[8] In 2013, she won the Archibald Prize for her portrait of actor Hugo Weaving. Of portraiture generally, she says: "I really value the discipline" that it brings.[9]

She was also an Archibald Prize finalist in 2008, 2013 and 2018.

She is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney.

Del Kathryn Barton has participated in group exhibitions that include: Like-ness, Albertz Benda, New York, USA (2016); Express Yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2014); Dark Heart, Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art, Adelaide (2014); Theatre of the World, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania (2012); Lightness and Gravity, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland (2012); Freehand: Recent Australia Drawing, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2010/11); 2009 Wynne Prize for Landscape, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2009); Half a World Away: Drawings from Glasgow, Sao Paulo and Sydney, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York (2002).[10]

Barton produced the animated film Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose, which celebrated its world premiere at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in 2015 and was shown at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival . The movie won the Film Victoria Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film.[11]


Year Title Publisher
2015 Del Kathryn Barton - the highway is a disco A3 Arndt Art Agency
2012 Oscar Wilde - The Nightingale and the Rose Art & Australia Pty Ltd
2011 Del Kathryn Barton Piper Press
2008 the whole of everything Karen Woodbury Gallery


  1. ^ Armstrong, Claire: Del Kathryn Barton: ANZ/Art & Australia Emerging Artists Program, Art & Australia.
  2. ^ ABC News Online Archibald Prize Winner declared 22 March 2013
  3. ^ Higson, Rosalie (3 May 2008). "The Face: Del Kathryn Barton". The Australian. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  4. ^ Del Kathryn Barton Biography, Karen Woodbury Gallery.
  5. ^ Del Kathryn Barton, Lost at E Minor.
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  7. ^ Schwartzkoff, Louise (8 March 2008). "A winning mother load of happiness". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  8. ^ Syllabus Connections: The Archibald Prize and Portraiture, Archibald Prize, 2008.
  9. ^ Rigby, Miffy (26 February 2016). "Spectrum Now ambassador and artist Del Kathryn Barton on how art saved her life". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
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Preceded by
John Beard
Archibald Prize
for You are what is most beautiful about me,
a self portrait with Kell and Arella
Succeeded by
Guy Maestri
Preceded by
Tim Storrier
Archibald Prize
for hugo
Succeeded by
Fiona Lowry



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