Kathrin Longhurst grew up in Communist East Germany, moving to Sweden in 1987 and then travelling extensively throughout Europe, Asia and America. She settled in Australia in 2000 where her artistic career has flourished.
A classically trained figurative painter, Longhurst began taking life drawing classes at the age of 14 and continues to develop her knowledge of the human form. Her work is strongly influenced by her childhood in the GDR, referencing the propaganda posters depicting working-class women. Yet Longhurst subverts the ideological principles of these posters by infusing the fictional women she paints with a glamour and sexiness she so longed to see as a child.
Longhurst has been a finalist in numerous awards including the 2012 Sulman Prize, the Portia Geach Award, the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, the Mosman Art Prize and the WA Black Swan Prize. Her work has been widely collected in Australia and internationally.
2014 November, Solo Show “Heros and Villains”, Art Equity, Sydney, NSW
2013 August, Solo Show “Women of the Revolution”, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2013 May, Solo Show “Children of the Revolution”, Art Equity, Sydney, NSW
2012 July, Solo Show “Dear Comrade…”, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2010 May, “Divine Femme”, Astras Galleries, Gold Coast, QLD
2007 April, “Intimately”, Solo Show, SOHO Galleries, Sydney
2006 March, “La Belle Vie” Solo Show, SOHO Gallery, Sydney
2004 “Divas” Solo Show, Salmon Galleries, Sydney.
2017 Finalist, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
2017 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award – WINNER People’s Choice Award
2017 Finalist KAAF Art Prize
2017 “International Artist Grand Prix”, Get Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2017 “in Your Face”, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2015 Project , Sydney
2015 “Brave New World”, Nanda/Hobbs, Sydney
2013 Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Sydney, NSW
2012 Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Sydney, NSW
2012 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize, Sydney, NSW
2012 Finalist, Sir John Sulman Prize, Sydney, NSW
2011 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award , Sydney, NSW
2009 “Unsung Heroes”, Portrait Artists Australia, Parliament House Canberra
2009 Finalist Black Swan Portrait Prize, Perth, WA
2009 Finalist Mosman Art Prize, Sydney, NSW
2008 Finalist Black Swan Portrait Prize, Perth, WA
2008 Finalist Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, Bega Regional Gallery, Bega
2008 “Miniatures”, David Hart Galleries, SunshineCoast, QLD
2008 “Dreams from Down Under” Solo Show, Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
2007 “ArtSydney07”, Fox Studios, Sydney
2006 “Contemporary Figures”, Group Show, Dabbert Gallery, Florida
2006 “Blooms of Summer”, Group Show, Dabbert Gallery, Florida
2004 Affordable Art Show Sydney
2004 Affordable Art Show Melbourne
2003 Finalist Willoughby Arts Prize, Chatswood , Sydney
2003 Affordable Art Show Sydney
Kathrin’s work is included in private collections in Germany, Sweden, Australia, England, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Mexico and United States.