Portrait of Australian singer Kate Ceberano wins The Archibald’s Packing Room Prize

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German artist wins the Archibald’s Packing Room award for her portrait of Australian singer Kate Ceberano

German-born, Sydney-based artist Kathrin Longhurst has won the Archibald Packing Room Prize for her portrayal of singer Kate Ceberano.

The packers chose the celebrated portrait of soul, jazz and pop art from the works of 52 finalists on display at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Longhurst’s work is the second portrait of the three-time ARIA award winner who won the Packing Room award in its 30-year history, following Peter Robertson’s 1994 victory.

German-born, Sydney-based artist Kathrin Longhurst has won the Archibald Packing Room Prize for this portrait of Australian singer Kate Ceberano

Ceberano, 54, was also the subject of a 2010 Archibald Prize finalist portrait by Christine O’Hagan.

There were 938 entries for the Archibald Prize, which is celebrating its centenary.

Longhurst was previously a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2018 and the Sulman Prize in 2012.

The value of the Packing Room Prize has doubled this year, from $ 1,500 to $ 3,000, and is essentially chosen by lead packer Brett Cuthbertson, who has 52 percent of the vote.

‘I met Kate Ceberano many years ago and Kathrin really captured her likeness. As soon as I saw the work I thought, ‘That’s it,’ said Mr. Cuthbertson on Thursday.

Longhurst's work is the second portrait of the three-time ARIA award winner who won the Packing Room award in its 30-year history, following Peter Robertson's 1994 victory

Longhurst’s work is the second portrait of the three-time ARIA award winner who won the Packing Room award in its 30-year history, following Peter Robertson’s 1994 victory

“This is also the first time in my tenure as headpacker that I have awarded the Packing Room Prize to both a female performer and a female sitter.” ‘

Longhurst first spoke to Ceberano about collaborating on a portrait last year, but several attempts to get together failed due to lockdowns and border closures.

“I was quite discouraged before painting this portrait as Kate is such an iconic person and there are so many incredible images of her already.

“I really wanted to create something new and fresh that captures her personal growth after the devastating impact of lockdown on the entertainment industry last year.

“I painted her life-size and looked brighter and stronger than ever before,” she said.

Entering the industry as a teenager, Ceberano has released 28 albums in 40 years and was the first woman inducted into the Australian Songwriters Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

'I was quite discouraged': Longhurst first spoke to Ceberano last year about collaborating on a portrait, but several attempts to get together failed due to lockdowns and border closures

‘I was quite discouraged’: Longhurst first spoke to Ceberano last year about collaborating on a portrait, but several attempts to get together failed due to lockdowns and border closures

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