Del Kathryn Barton
Mid-May 2018 saw a historic moment for Australian Art. Del Kathryn Barton’s artwork Of Pollen (2013) saw her bust through the glass ceiling, into what has historically been an exclusive boy’s club. Changing hands for $378,000, this, among other six-figure sales, propelled Del into the elite echelon of Australia’s top 10-selling living Australian artists.
Last year, the Sydney-based painter exhibited The Highway Is A Disco at NGV’s Ian Potter Centre (from November 2017 to March 2018), and also unveiled a commercial show in New York, before focussing on art films. Nevertheless, the highlight for Del has simply been ‘surviving while being a working Mum!’.
This year, she is looking forward to a solo show in Albertz Benda in New York City in February, followed by another solo exhibition in Sydney at Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery alongside a group show in London, both in October. She’ll also be making films and caring ‘more for [her] mental health!’.
‘It has never been MORE meaningful for me to be an Australian female creative, especially in the context of showing more internationally. I am passionate about growing our undernourished cultural pride across all creative sectors!’ Del explains. ‘And the only way I can do this is just… f*cking heads-down and keep doing the best work that I can, day, after day, after day!’.
For young women aspiring to follow in her colossal footsteps, Del’s advice is simple: ‘give everything to the work, let the work sustain you. If you can live without making the work, live without it!’