Del Kathryn Barton
Del Kathryn Barton's work is celebrated for its frank sexual assertiveness and for her imagined landscapes inhabited by humans, animals and imagined creatures. The three chapters Women in the World; Enchanted; and Drawing, Dreaming are a collaboration between two inspiring women who together celebrate Del's work.
Del Kathryn Barton became widely known when she won the Archibald Prize with a portrait of herself and her two children. The winning portrait suggests that as an artist and a mother her children are central to her life. It is painted in Barton's signature style of visual abundance. Julie Ewington writes about Del Kathryn Barton's feminist ideals in terms of her 'abiding assertion of woman's sexual energy and potential, her affirmation of the value of motherhood, her affiliation with women's domestic arts and crafts, and, above all, in her resolute insistence on exploring a wealth of creative avenues and pursuits, often with such a flagrant disregard for the established hierarchy of genres that her actions amount to provocation.' This is a book for everyone who wants to read about and linger over the fabulous work of Del Kathryn Barton.