The Whole of Everything,a recent collection of works by Del Kathryn Barton is currently showing at Karen Woodbury Gallery, Richmond. Often of a dark, fantastical nature, Barton’s paintings, sculptures and ink works portray child-like characters, mutant creatures and deranged human forms. Best known for her vibrant water colours, Barton’s monochromatic, whimsical ink works also make a prominent appearance within the exhibition, and depict a sexualized fusion of fantasy worlds and naked bodies.
Barton currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, Paddington, where she later worked as a drawing lecturer. She has won various awards for her art practice, and most recently became the winner of this year’s prestigious Archibald Prize - for a self portrait with her two children entitled You Are What Is Most Beautiful About Me, A Self Portrait With Kell and Arella. Her work has appeared in various solo and group exhibitions around Australia, while also appearing internationally in 2002 within Half a World Away: Drawings from Glasgow, Sao Paulo and Sydney, at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Centre, New York.