Del Kathryn Barton has been named the winner of the 2008 Archibald Prize, for her self portrait, which also features her children, Kell and Arella; “You are what is most beautiful about me, a self portrait with Kell and Arella”.
Born in Sydney in 1972, Barton has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW, where she taught for three years until 2003. She has had regular solo exhibitions since 2000 and has participated in national and international group shows including the Helen Lempiere Travelling Art Scholarship, the Blake Prize for Religious Art and the Sulman Prize. She was a finalist in the 2007 Dobell Prize for Drawing.
The Archibald Prize Exhibition opens to the public tomorrow, 8 March, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Update: for those interested the portrait measures 180 cm wide x 280cm high, and as far as I can tell the work is a combination of illustration and painting. This comment (below) contains links with more information about the way Barton works.