Kathrin Longhurst

Born 1971, East Berlin
Lives and works in Sydney

Artist's CV

"Propaganda is all around us. It's not specific to a period of time, a country or a regime … it's everywhere."

Kathrin Longhurst grew up in Communist East Germany, where she started taking life-drawing classes at age 14. Growing up in East Berlin 'behind the iron curtain', Longhurst's access to glamour was strictly limited. She longed for "pretty dresses and pretty things".  Her paintings recall this love of luxuries formerly forbidden, while her female figures challenge varying definitions of feminism through their combination of strength and desirability.

Longhurst has been a full-time artist since 2003. Her work is strongly influenced by Socialist realism and Communist propaganda art. She spent a decade in Scandinavia visiting galleries in Denmark and Sweden as well as a year in Belgium, where her work gained its Art Nouveau influences.

Longhurst is actively involved with Portrait Artists Australia, Australia’s largest industry association for professional portraitists.

Kathrin Longhust creating her body of work "Forging of a Human Spirit", exhibited by Charter Hall and Nanda\Hobbs at 1 Martin Place, March 2017.

Kathrin Longhurst is a finalist in the 2018 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery NSW - View Here


\ Artworks

Observations from Space

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 180 x 180cm


Ode to Feminism

2018 \ Oil on canvas / Triptych \ 180 x 540cm


The Protagonist

2018 \ Oil on canvas \ 90 x 90cm


\ News


Congratulations to our 2021 Portia Geach Memorial Prize winner + finalists

22 October 2021

Congratulations to this year's winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Prize— Marie Mansfield who will be presenting her first show with Nanda\Hobbs from 16 - 27 November in our Project Space. Kathrin Longhurst, Caroline Zilinsky, Dee Smart and Kim Leutwyler have also been selected as finalists.

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\ Exhibitions featuring Kathrin Longhurst

Kathrin Longhurst


13 May — 22 May 2021

9 x 5"

Group Exhibition

22 January — 6 February 2021


Group Exhibition

16 December 2020 — 16 January 2021

Kathrin Longhurst

Flights of Fancy

25 July — 10 August 2019

Summer Show

Group Exhibition

5 December — 22 December 2018

Kathrin Longhurst


14 June — 30 June 2018

Summer Exhibition

Group Exhibition

6 December 2017 — 20 January 2018

Kathrin Longhurst

Fading History

18 February — 4 March 2016

Brave New World

Group Exhibition

18 August — 28 August 2015

Kathrin Longhurst

Heroes and Villains

20 November — 4 December 2014

Kathrin Longhurst

Children of the Revolution

2 May — 17 May 2013

Contact Us

to find out more about Kathrin Longhurst.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm Closed Public Holidays (and Easter Saturday)