Thea Proctor’s woodcut reminds us of life’s simple pleasures

Thea Proctor’s vibrant hand-coloured woodcut Summer, inspired by the tradition of Japanese ukiyo-e prints, brings me joy because it reminds me of life’s simple pleasures (ikigai). With summer behind us but plenty of sunny autumn days ahead, I look forward to making time to read and relax. Delve into the work while at home relaxing…

Margaret Preston’s ‘Bridge from North Shore’: A bold and decorative work

Australian artist Margaret Preston (1875-1963) is best known for the striking paintings and woodcut prints that she produced from the 1920s until the 1950s. Bridge from North Shore c.1932 is a bold and decorative work and a fine example of the artist’s style during this period. Like the floral still-lifes the artist produced at this…

Margaret Preston: Aboriginal still life

Margaret Preston (1875-1963)  returned to Australia from Europe in 1919 determined to develop a modern and distinctly national art. Indigenous art was integral to her campaign and, after 1932, when she moved to Berowra in the Hawkesbury Basin near Sydney and encountered local rock art, she embraced its restricted palette and geometric forms. Her appreciation…

Margaret Preston’s ‘NSW and West Australian banksia’

NSW and West Australian banksia 1929 is one of a number of paintings by Australian artist Margaret Preston (1875-1963) in which she used the floral still life to bring attention to the natural world and landscape as a way of expressing place and the notion of ‘home’. The distinctive organic forms of the banksia and…

Vibrant and distinctive: The art of Margaret Preston

Recognised and admired for her vibrant and distinctive art, Margaret Preston (1875–1963) possessed an equally colourful personality, and was described by one associate as ‘the natural enemy of the dull’. After committing to a career as an artist from an early age, Preston completed her academic training in Melbourne and Adelaide before spending two lengthy…

O’Keeffe, Preston, and Cossington Smith

Celebrating the work of three pioneering artists who made distinguished contributions to the development of international modernism. All born in the late nineteenth century, American painter Georgia O’Keeffe and Australian artists Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith came of age during the 1910s and ’20s, decades of great social and cultural transition. While they were…