Del Kathryn Barton

Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton's work is celebrated for its frank sexual assertiveness and for her imagined landscapes inhabited by humans, animals and imagined creatures. In this first major text devoted to her work, author Julie Ewington offers a rich portrait of a multi-dimensional life informed by a deeply ingrained sense of an abundant natural realm. 

Del Kathryn Barton became widely known when she won the Archibald Prize with a portrait of herself and her two children, painted in her signature style of visual abundance. The winning portrait suggests that as an artist and a mother her children are central to her life and Ewington explores Barton's feminist ideals in terms of her 'abiding assertion of woman's sexual energy and potential, her affirmation of the value of motherhood, her affiliation with women's domestic arts and crafts, and, above all, in her resolute insistence on exploring a wealth of creative avenues and pursuits, often with such a flagrant disregard for the established hierarchy of genres that her actions amount to provocation.'

168 pages

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