Barden, Elizabeth


Elizabeth Barden has lived in Cairns, North Queensland, since 1990.  Elizabeth  says that she “aspires to a realness, something strong, something that goes beyond technical considerations, to preserve a palpable presence of the subject.”


1999 –  ‘A Shore Thing’,  the Cairns Regional Art Gallery

2003 –  ‘Seeing Secrets’ – the Cairns Regional Gallery.

(Review by Karen van Harskamp, the Cairns Post, May 29 2000: “A true aficionado of the human figure, Barden’s works are compelling, classically formed studies of the person as portrait complemented by a wide range of treatments beyond the usual staged affair….Barden has a talent for allowing her subject to find their own comfort zone, so the plastic grin is pleasantly absent”.)


Jeff McMullen,
Lisa Curry-Kenny- Olympic Swimmer and business woman,
the late Sir Sydney Williams, Dawn Casey – Director of the National Museum of Australia,
comedian Elliot Goblet,
dancer/choreographer Drew Anthony,
performer/songwriter Christine Anu,
performer Jay Laga’aia.

Many private commissions.

Elizabeth’s work is held in private and public collections locally, nationally and internationally.

2004 –  Public Collection – the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Canberra (‘Christine Anu’)


2001, 2002 , 2003 and 2004 – finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award
2004, 2005 – finalist  Shirley Hannan National Portrait Awards


Elizabeth Barden with Evert Ploeg at the PAA Book Launch Arthouse 2012

Artists Elizabeth Barden and Evert Ploeg at the PAA Book Launch of “The Artists’ Book – Ten Years”, Arthouse Hotel, Pitt St Sydney,  2012 – photo by Craig Peihopa