Dianne Preston

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Statement

I make endangered species, birds, primates, dogs, whimsical creatures and abstract pieces. Larger works are started from a wire skeleton, sometimes finished in wire, or built up with chicken wire, papier mache, plaster or mosaic. I like using found wire and objects, and am particularly interested in work that will help in some small way to save the planet. I love working with wire, showing it who's boss. I still find modelling magical -  to make a form appear in space where there was nothing. I like the organic nature of my process - the times when a found object or the first placement of wire in a base will suggest its subject.

My work is in many private collections in Australia, the UK and Ireland.

I welcome commissions.

 

 

 

 

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Biography

2012 onwardsartist/sculptor
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

 I was born in Melbourne and lived in London since arriving in the UK until my recent move to Somerset in December 2017.  I am now in Frome, an exceptionally creative town!

My work is sculptural and inspired by the natural world. Until recently my main materials were wire, plaster, papier mache and recycled materials. Recently I've started using mosaic as well - broken crockery and porcelain and glass tesserae.

 

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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