At the heart of Kathrin Longhurst’s work are collisions – East/West, communism/capitalism, past/future and masculine/feminine. She spent her childhood in East Berlin at the height of the Cold War, longing for the glamourous promises lying on the other side of the wall. Her work tracks this tension, employing communist propaganda beside capitalist glamour.
Longhurst has an avid collector following. An autodidact, she is a multi-time Archibald, Darling, Doug Moran, Sulman, Percival Portrait, Mosman and Black Swan Prize. In 2021 she won the Archibald Packing Room Prize with her portrait of Kate Cebrano.