Psychedelic and deep-cutting portraiture from Del Kathryn Barton

Over the last decade, Australian Artist Del Kathryn Barton has become a painter known around the world for her psychedelic portraiture of female subjects surrounded by exotic flora and fauna. She has one the prestigious Archibald Prize for portraiture in 2008 and 2013 and was runner up for the award in both 2007 and 2011. Barton uses a mixture of intricate repetition to create dazzling backgrounds, switches between bold and intricate linework to create shapes, and flowering colors and expressions to truly create her characters in a godlike manner. It is interesting to note, however, that the roots of her vibrant paintings can be found in her much more open, sexually-charged ink and water color drawings. Barton’s works on paper convey a raw, almost sinister sexual power that is hidden from the eye when one first sees her paintings by the sheer excess of decorative detail that she applies. See a sample of her impressive work below!

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

del kathryn barton australian artist archibald prize colorful portrait contemporary art shadedminds

Read more about Barton on this excellent article by artguide!

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