The Contemporary Figure with Kathrin Longhurst
Familiarise yourself with Kathrins unique approach to figure and portrait painting. Find a balance between traditional painting techniques, a realistic painting style and contemporary design elements that play with negative space, shape, form and colour. You will work from life for part of the workshop, familiarising yourself with your sitter, learn how to light your subject to maximise form, use of shadows and composition. You will create composition sketches and detail studies. You will also learn digital techniques which will help you tweak skin tones, experiment with different backgrounds, find out how different colours interact and more.
Each student will create a unique colour scheme and composition for their portrait using digital media. You will spend the rest of the workshop creating a head and shoulder portrait applying the theories and techniques discussed prior. We’ll be working with different glazing techniques, using oil paints and a variety of mediums from skinny solvents to fat mediums.
A classically trained figurative painter who was born in communist East Germany Kathrin Longhurst began attending life drawing classes at the age of fourteen. When she was just fifteen, her family escaped from ‘behind the iron curtain’, relocating to Sweden. This jarring transition from a totalitarian regime to a democracy sparked Kathrin’s passion for exploring the concepts of freedom of speech and expression, concepts that continue to thread through her work today. After travelling widely throughout Europe, Asia and America, Kathrin settled in Sydney with her Australian husband. She went on to work prolifically, showing her first solo exhibition in 2004, becoming well known for her portraits of beautiful women in military attire, draped with symbols of communist propaganda. Extensive travel provided Kathrin with a unique perspective on the role of women in the media, her more recent works referencing not only communist propaganda but also the power of advertising in our lives under a capitalist system. Her skilfully rendered subjects layer themes of sexuality and freedom, both seducing and challenging the viewer with their ruby lips, luminous bare skin and confronting gaze to illustrate her message that, ‘Propaganda is all around us. It’s not specific to a period of time, a country or a regime…it’s everywhere’. Kathrin served as vice president for Portrait Artists Australia for some years and is currently founder and director of the innovative Project 504, an art space in Sydney. She has been a finalist in numerous awards including the prestigious Archibald Prize (2018), the Portia Geach Award (2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011), the Doug Moran Portrait Prize (2017), the Sulman Prize (2012), the Mosman Art Prize (2016), the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, the Korea Australia Arts Foundation Prize and the WA Black Swan Prize. She was the winner of the Portia Geach People’s Chioce Award in 2017. Her work is collected widely in Australia and internationally and is represented in the Bennett Collection of Women Realists, USA.
You can see more of Kathrin’s work here:
Date: New date to be decided 2021
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Medium: Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
Class size: 12-16 students
Material list: Will be send upon registration
Price: Euro 980 (includes VAT, 30 hours of class, life models, easels, solvents and brush cleaner, welcome drink Sunday)