It’s always a rare and intriguing insight, finding out how an artist creates a portrait. Kathrin Longhurst's portrait of Kate Ceberano not only won the Packing Room Prize as a part of Archibald Prize 2021, but it is one of the most striking portraits in the Archibald exhibition.
‘For me, posing the sitter and the right lighting is very important. From my physical sitting with Kate, I created 3 different composition sketches with different poses and hand gestures that Kate and I chose from for the final composition. It ended up being a serene pose, with hands clasped with a serious look back at the viewer. The pose and expression is very different to any other imagery of Kate that is out there. Being the Australian music icon that she is, she often gets portrayed as the entertainer and performer, smiling, laughing. Kate told me that 2020 had been such a huge year of personal growth and reflection and it was that way she wanted to be portrayed.'
We can't wait to see this in person. Tickets to the Archibald Prize 2021 exhibition at the Gippsland Art Gallery available here.