Dianne Preston

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Dianne PrestonDianne Preston

Galleries

  • Brentford Gallery
  • Richmond and Putney Unitarian Church
  • Assembly Hall
  • www.nexusartart.gallery

Statement

I make wire sculptures and wire drawings.  Also papier mache and mixed media sculptures in 3D and in relief.

I am inspired by and passionate about the natural world, but sad that as the dominant species we are not more compassionate about our fellow creatures.  

I am interested in capturing the essential character and humour inherent in individuals from a species. Currently birds fascinate me, and primates. I enjoy making  large abstract forms, and quirky playful sculptures.

I am interested in reclaiming materials, for the sake of the earth and because of a puritanical frugality.  So I am fortunate with friends who donate unwanted wires etc, and I do a bit of skip foraging.  I live in a working boatyard and come across some inspiring rusty old metal bits of boats.

 

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Biography

2012 Spring TermTeaching papier mache sculpture to adults.
2011Teaching papier mache sculpture to young pupil.
2010 to 2012Working for Seamless Relocation, helping old people move house.
2001 to 2009Working with volunteers on community projects at the Masbro Centre;and organizing the Artspace.
1999 to 2001Developing services for Age Concern Hammersmith.
1993 to 1999Art tutor for Adult Education in Hammersmith and Westminster and Age Concern, and teaching children Art and Craft for L'Ecole Brook Green.
1989 to 1993BA (hons) Central St Martins

 Born in Melbourne but addicted to London since 1971.

Retired from community work and teaching to make sculptures and write, she cycles between narrow boat home and studio.

She considers her best achievment is two sane and kind sons.

 

 

 

 

Exhibition History

1983,84,85Group Sculpture
Addison Institute
1986Sculpture at the Orangery
Holland Park
1991Just Rattle two Spoons - collaborative project with older women
181 King St Hammersmith
1992Street Life - mural Clephane Day Centre Islington
1994No.1 -Alumni of Central St Martins on identity
Small Mansion Gunnersbury Park
1996Laughing at Gilded Butterflies
Art and Reminiscence Age Concern
June 1996 - 97; 2000 -2006; 2009Artists at Home - Open Studios
June 18 to 20 2010Artists At Home
September11 to September 26 2010Askew Village Arts and Crafts Fair
September18 to October 18Birds of a Feather
Moss & Co Gallery
Dianne Preston sculptures and Jonathan Preston paintings
November 27 and 28 2010Economical Art Fair
Fulham Library