Kathrin Longhurst

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"With my work I have a strong desire to portray everyday women in a glamorous way. My models come from all walks of life, but on canvas they get to be superstars, divas, temptresses, goddesses and heroes.

I want particularly woman to feel good about themelves. I want to show the world how beautiful they are. I want people to feel the love and tenderness that I have for my subjects in every painting."


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Languishing

 

Languishing

 

Carry Me Home

 

Carry Me Home

 

 

Silk & Satin

 

Silk & Satin

 

 

So Sweet

 

So Sweet

 

 

Crying For You

 

Crying For You

 

 

Double Take


Double Take

 

Bursting Through


Bursting Through

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No Ordinary Love

 

No Ordinary Love


My Heart On A Plate

 

My Heart On A Plate

Lillies 2

Lilies 2

Deep In My Heart

 

Deep In My Heart

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True

 

True

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Spirit Lives

 

Spirit Lives

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Résumé

Longhurst holds a Master in Business Administration and is an autodidact painter who received her training at evening colleges, art schools and art centres in Germany, Sweden and Australia. She started taking life drawing classes at 14 and has since developed a profound interest in the human shape, particularly women's. But it took her almost 20 years to realise her call in life and become a full time artist.

Kathrin was born in 1971 in East Berlin. Her ultra feminine style stands in complete opposition to the proletarian and rather masculine art of East Germany where she spent the first 15 years of her life. It has become a visual response to her early life experience: like a gesture of artistic liberation. Her paintings fulfil a quest for beauty and luxury, which she was denied growing up in Eastern Europe. In her paintings she can now revel in luxurious, brightly coloured fabrics or the sensual femininity of woman out of forbidden Western fashion magazines.

"I remember women in East Germany being portrayed as rather unsexy, hard working, rosy cheeked farmers or labourers. I grew up longing for glamour and beauty."

Kathrin's work is contemporary and she works mainly in oil, enjoying bright colours, sometimes using only primary or secondary colours and often layering the paint to bring out the almost three dimensional images. Kathrin's style is also deeply influenced by her year spent in Belgium; the delicate and elaborate detail of "Art Nouveau" enriches her paintings.

"Brussels is an amazing place; you find treasures at every street corner. You cannot help but fall in love and being consumed by it's magic."

Kathrin now lives on Sydney's Northern Beaches where she is a founding member of an artist co-op called "Northern Expressions". She exhibits frequently at SOHO Gallery, Salmon Gallery and SAUC Gallery in Sydney, David Hart Galleries in Queensland and Dabbert Gallery in Florida. She is also represented at major art events such as the Affordable Art Show in Sydney and Melbourne.

Kathrin was recently accepted to the Australian Portrait Painters Association.

 

Selected Exhibitions

•  2013 May, group show, "Echoes of Spring", Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
•  2012 September, Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Sydney, NSW
•  2012 July, Finalist, Mosman Art Prize, Sydney, NSW
•  2012 July, Solo Show, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
•  2012 April, Finalist, Sir John Sulman Prize, Sydney, NSW
•  2012 October & November, group show, "Fall Preview", Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
•  2011 September, Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award , Sydney, NSW
•  2011 May, "Spring's Promise" group show, Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
•  2010 May, “Divine Femme”, Astras Galleries, Gold Coast, QL
•  2010 October, November, Dabbert Gallery, group show "A Season of Color", Sarasota, Florida
•  2009 October, “Unsung Heroes”, Portrait Artists Australia, Federal Parliament House Canberra
•  2009 September, Finalist Black Swan Portrait Prize, Perth, WA
•  2009 August, Finalist Mosman Art Prize, Sydney, NSW
•  2009 May & June, Dabbert Gallery, group show "Expressions in Color", Sarasota, Florida
•  2008 September, Finalist Black Swan Portrait Prize, Perth, WA
•  2008 June, Finalist Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, Bega Regional Gallery, Bega
•  2008 April, "Miniatures", David Hart Galleries, Sunshine Coast, QLD
•  2008 January, “Dreams from Down Under” Solo Show, Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
•  2007 October, "ArtSydney07", Fox Studios, Sydney
•  2007 April, "Intimately", Solo Show, SOHO Galleries, Sydney
•  2006 November, "Contemporary Figures", Group Show, Dabbert Gallery, Florida
•  2006 August, "Blooms of Summer", Group Show, Dabbert Gallery, Florida
•  2006 March, “La Belle Vie” Solo Show, SOHO Gallery, Sydney
•  2004 Affordable Art Show Sydney
•  2004 April Affordable Art Show Melbourne
•  2004 "Divas" Solo Show, Salmon Galleries, Sydney,
•  2003 August Finalist Willoughby Arts Prize, Chatswood , Sydney
•  2003 August Affordable Art Show Sydney