Born in Sydney where she currently practices, artist Del Kathryn Barton has exhibited professionally since 1995. In 2008 she won Australia's most prestigious portrait painting award, The Archibald Prize. She firmly cemented her place in the Australian art scene when she won again in 2013.
In addition to her widely recognised practice of creating large scale canvases and works on paper, Barton has co-directed an animated short film, The Nightingale and the Rose (released 2015), retelling Oscar Wilde’s short story with her artwork, also producing an illustrated print version of the tale. She also collaborated with the Sydney-based fashion label Romance was Born from 2006-2008 for their ready to wear clothing and accessories ranges.
In 2012, a solo exhibition of Barton’s work was presented at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. She has also been included in notable group exhibitions such as Art Basel, 2016, Hong Kong; Dark Heart, 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2014); Express Yourself, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2014); Australia: Contemporary Voices, The Fine Art Society, London (2013); Louise Bourgeois and Australian Artists, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2012); Theatre of the World, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart (2012); Lightness and Gravity, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2012); Wilderness, Balances Contemporary Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2010); and Feminism Never Happened, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2010).
Barton’s work is represented in major museum collections in Australia including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart.