Name: Del Kathryn Barton
Title: “You Are What is Most Beautiful About Me”
Date: unknown, 2008
Media: synthetic polymer paint, watercolour, gouache and pen on polyester canvas
Size: 280 x 180cm
In 2008 Del Kathryn Barton created a self portrait of her and her children for the Archibald Prize (and received first place). In the painting it depicts her and her children in a totem pole like position. The materials used to create this artwork consisted of synthetic polymer paint, watercolours, gouache, and pen on polyester canvas.
Using herself and her children (Son, Kell and Daughter, Arella) as the focal point of the painting, it captures a maternal, motherhood like feeling by adding abstract line contours and detail to the painting setting off a free motion throughout the composition. The texture and tone used for the figures are soft, light and pale. Detailed patterns and abstract line work are used in the foreground to emphasize the figures.
Del Kathryn Barton’s trademark style of contemporary design and illustrative style are used effectively to create a motherly love emotion within the painting. Although there is a two dimensional appearance about each singular figure, stacking them together makes a three dimensional theme throughout the painting and with the use of line and detail in the foreground adds to these dimensions.
She uses a variety of colour overall creating a vast spectrum. The colour also sets the mood of love and harmony. Green the main colour symbolizing nature, growth, harmony, and fertility. Using purple predominantly on Del Kathryn herself, symbolizes wisdom and power. The pale tones used on the flesh may symbolize innocence and purity and youth. Her colour choices all work together to create motherhood and the love for her children and their growth and development.
The texture varies