Lives and Works: Sydney
A classically trained figurative painter who was born in communist East Germany Kathrin Longhurst began attending life drawing classes at the age of fourteen. When she was just fifteen, her family escaped from ‘behind the iron curtain’, relocating to Sweden. This jarring transition from a totalitarian regime to a democracy sparked Kathrin’s passion for exploring the concepts of freedom of speech and expression, concepts that continue to thread through her work today.
Kathrin served as vice president for Portrait Artists Australia for some years and is currently founder and director of the innovative Project 504, an art space in Sydney. She has been a finalist in numerous awards including the prestigious Archibald Prize (2018), the Portia Geach Award (2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011), the Doug Moran Portrait Prize (2017), the Sulman Prize (2012), the Mosman Art Prize (2016), the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, the Korea Australia Arts Foundation Prize and the WA Black Swan Prize. She was the winner of the Portia Geach People’s Chioce Award in 2017. Her work is collected widely in Australia and internationally and is represented in the Bennett Collection of Women Realists, USA.
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