Kathrin Longhurst

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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.