Approved: 16.08.2006

Susan Preston

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
Recent works are mostly small scale, oil on board and explore contrasts in colour, marks and sections within the rectangle.
Earlier work was the result of a residency at Rabley Drawing Centre where I made works on paper based on studies of redundant farm buidings and their surroundings, and further oils on canvas back in the studio.
I'm interested in the shifting spaces between

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  • Location: Marlborough, South West
 

Biography

Concepts Recent works are mostly small scale, oil on board and explore contrasts in colour, marks and sections within the rectangle. Earlier work was the result of a residency at Rabley Drawing Centre where I made works on paper based on studies of redundant farm buidings and their surroundings, and further oils on canvas back in the studio. I'm interested in the shifting spaces between presence, absence, memory and the way that paintings can explore these ideas. Influences I've always found Morandi's depiction of mundane objects powerful and intense. Prunella Clough's work is similarly concerned with the ordinary which becomes transformed. Brice Marden's drawings and reworking of surfaces in his paintings and prints have influenced my approach. I make many drawings of my chosen subjects before they find their way into the paintings; they become transformed in the process. Career path I have a BA Hons in Fine Art; I teach occasional workshops at Rabley Drawing Centre and locally monthly life drawing class. My work has been exhibited widely and is in collections in Europe, the USA and Asia I can be contacted through my website at www.susanpreston.com

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2011 - Re-Connect, Rabley Drawing Centre, Mildenhall, Wiltshire 2009 - Farm: Structures, Forms and Surfaces, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Gallery, Mildenhall, Wiltshire 2005 - Susan Preston, Paintings, Tottenham House, Savernake, Wiltshire 2005 - Works on Paper, Great Western Hospital, Swindon, Wiltshire 2000 - Recent paintings, Hiscox Art Café, London EC3 1999 - New paintings, The Mount House Gallery, Marlborough College 1997 - Hawk and Ibis,Thornton Bevan Arts, London 1997 - Recent paintings, The Mount House Gallery, Marlborough College Group exhibitions 2013 - Sketch, Rabley Drawing Centre, Mildenhall, Wiltshire 2011 - Sketch, Rabley Drawing Centre, Mildenhall, Wiltsire 2010 - Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, London Art Fair, The Business Centre, Islington 2009 - Autumn Exhibition, The Architects Gallery, The Powder Rooms, Teddington 2009 - Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, London Art Fair, Islington 2008 - Evolver Prize, Rook Lane Arts, Frome 2008 - Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, London Art Fair, Islington 2008 - Response, Thomas Eggar, Newbury 2007 - Sefton Open, Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport 2007 - Summer Exhibition, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Marlborough, Wiltshire 2007 - The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London 2006 - Evolver Wessex Artists, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon 2006 - Summer 2006, Brownston Gallery, Modbury, Devon 2006 - Summer Exhibition, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Wiltshire 2005 - Sefton Open, Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport 2005 - Sketch, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Mildenhall, Wiltshire 2004 - Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2004 - Sefton Open, Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport 2003 - Group show, Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden, Oxon 2002 - Thornton Bevan Arts, AAF, Battersea (annually to date) 2001 - On the road to Meikle Seggie, Oxford Brookes 2001 - The Windows of Marlborough, installation, Demarco European Art Foundation 2000 - Five Women Artists, The Mount House Gallery, Marlborough 1999 - Anthony Hepworth Fine Art, The Business Centre, Islington 1998 - Beatrice Royal Gallery, Hampshire 1998 - Logos Gallery, Start Contemporary Art Fair, Strasbourg 1998 - Prints, Christchurch Picture Gallery, Oxford 1998 - Prints, Oxford Museum of Art Gallery Residencies 2008 - Farm; Structures, Forms and Surfaces, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Mildenhall, Wiltshire Projects 2005 - Skateraw Project, Demarco European Art Foundation, Skateraw, Dunbar, East Lothian 2002 - Andalucian village rooftops project Competitions, prizes and awards 2004 - Sefton Open, Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport