Dianne Preston

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Bullseye

Bullseye

Life size English Bull Terrier with distinctive Black eye patch. Made of wire, papier mache, plaster and acrylic paint with matt varnish.

Original
wire paper and plaster
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I love this dog! He is inspired by a neighbour's pet who lives by the Grand Union Canal. He is friendly, brilliant with babies and small children and very low maintenance!
Drummer Parrot - Palm Cockatoo

Drummer Parrot - Palm Cockatoo

Based on a true Aussie - also found in Indonesia, the only bird known to attract a mate with a musical instrument!
Percussion from stick and tree - the best drummer wins a mate!

Original
Garden tool, wood, wire, papier mache, plaster
Little Hunch

Little Hunch

Heron in a hunch, reflecting on lunch, perhaps.

wire
46cm x 18cm x 23cm
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Dear little hunch - a nice herony feeling about him. Can fit in quite a small display space.
My name escapes me

My name escapes me

Stylized bird made of recycled objects.

Original
Papier mâché
12" x 6" x 6"
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This "rabbit-bird" is made of random objects found in my studio. He seemed to suggest his own form, but he does seem to be male.
Spike

Spike

Assertive bird with unique crest.

Original
30cm x 25cm x 9cm
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Spike will protect you against all harm with his specially sensitive wire plumes.
Little Hunch

Little Hunch

Heron in a hunch, reflecting on lunch, perhaps.

wire
46cm x 18cm x 23cm
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Dear little hunch - a nice herony feeling about him. Can fit in quite a small display space.
Hoopoe

Hoopoe

Hoopoe made of wire and reclaimed steel from boatyard. Commission for rooftop perch.

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Wire and steel
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Hoopoe for a London house rooftop. Firmly attached to steel moorings to prevent escape flight.
Heron

Heron

Assertive wire heron suitable for indoors or out.

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wire
36" x 14" x 34"
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Heron made with copper and galvanized and ungalvanized steel wire. Made with respect for the heron who hunts outside my houseboat.
Cormorant

Cormorant

Drawing with various coloured wires mounted on canvas.
Can be hung on wall independently

Original
Wire on canvas
30cm x 23cm
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Large black sea bird famous
Curious Coot

Curious Coot

Inspired by the bird life on Johnsons Island.

Original
Wire and Paper
37cm x 31cm x 43cm
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Can be seen at Brentford Gallery
Curious coot finds his way around his island home in West London. Can be visited by making an appointment with the artist Dianne Preston.
Rainbow lorikeet bust

Rainbow lorikeet bust

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Papier mâché
25cm x 12cm x 15cm
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One of the delightful characters of bird life in Queensland. He shimmers with brilliant colour while watching you inquisitively.
Wren

Wren

One of the UK's smallest and best-loved birds perched on rusted boatyard steel.

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Papier mâché, wire and steel
28cm x 14cm x 10cm
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This tiny brown bird with its pert tail tipped upright is a favourite bird of garden lovers in the UK. Common but hard to spot with its camouflaged dress and habit of fast whirring flight; it has a song that is loud, explosive and beautiful. Surprisingly so for such a little bird.
Great Tit

Great Tit

Teetering on its perch cemented at the base.

Original
mixed media
50cm x 28cm x 21cm
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The largest member of the family Paridae, a big, colourful, bold and aggressive tit.
Drib 3 (aka My Name Escapes Me)

Drib 3 (aka My Name Escapes Me)

Unique winged bird with some rabbit qualities.

Original
Paper and wire
41cm x 20cm x 21cm
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Unique creature born on Johnsons Island in West London
Zoo Macaque

Zoo Macaque

Primate portrait; relief sculpture in paper pulp on canvas.

Paper
15cm x 5cm x 15cm
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Our closest living relatives captured in zoos.
Bullseye

Bullseye

Life size English Bull Terrier with distinctive Black eye patch. Made of wire, papier mache, plaster and acrylic paint with matt varnish.

Original
wire paper and plaster
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I love this dog! He is inspired by a neighbour's pet who lives by the Grand Union Canal. He is friendly, brilliant with babies and small children and very low maintenance!
Winston

Winston

Life size English Bulldog made to commission. Wire, papier mache, fimo, plaster, acrylic paint.

Original
Papier Mache
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Bruno

Bruno

Life size bloodhound inspired by Bruno in "Belleville Rendezvous"

Original
wire and paper
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Can be seen at Brentford Gallery
Bruno is a life-size pet needing minimal maintenance. He is inspired by the bloodhound Bruno in the French animation Belleville Rendezvous. He is very proud of his teeth and has a sense of humour and endless patience. The occasional dust with a paint brush is all the grooming he requires.
Drib 3 (aka My Name Escapes Me)

Drib 3 (aka My Name Escapes Me)

Unique winged bird with some rabbit qualities.

Original
Paper and wire
41cm x 20cm x 21cm
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Unique creature born on Johnsons Island in West London
Spike

Spike

Assertive bird with unique crest.

Original
30cm x 25cm x 9cm
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Spike will protect you against all harm with his specially sensitive wire plumes.
Curious Coot

Curious Coot

Inspired by the bird life on Johnsons Island.

Original
Wire and Paper
37cm x 31cm x 43cm
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Can be seen at Brentford Gallery
Curious coot finds his way around his island home in West London. Can be visited by making an appointment with the artist Dianne Preston.
Who took my fish!

Who took my fish!

Slightly larger than life size proud heron. Copper, galvanised and other wires.

wire
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I see herons every day from my narrow boat home, waiting for the tide to go out and reveal trapped and helpless small fish and crabs in little pool traps. The Great Grey Heron - fantastic bird and somewhat maligned in suburban gardens!
Fandango

Fandango

Random bird made of objects found in my studio: wood fragment, paper towel holder, shells, floor nails.

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Papier mâché
24" x 4" x 14"
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This comic bird of the fantastic order "fandango" is an obvious dancing queen. She (indubitably a "she") is made of recycled objects, including beautiful clam shells.
Plumed flying bird

Plumed flying bird

Bird making a joyflight on its scallop wings.

Original
mixed media
10cm x 25cm x 23cm
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Drib 3 (aka My Name Escapes Me)

Drib 3 (aka My Name Escapes Me)

Unique winged bird with some rabbit qualities.

Original
Paper and wire
41cm x 20cm x 21cm
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Unique creature born on Johnsons Island in West London
Who took my fish!

Who took my fish!

Slightly larger than life size proud heron. Copper, galvanised and other wires.

wire
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I see herons every day from my narrow boat home, waiting for the tide to go out and reveal trapped and helpless small fish and crabs in little pool traps. The Great Grey Heron - fantastic bird and somewhat maligned in suburban gardens!
Coot Walking

Coot Walking

Wire coot, suitable for indoors or out. Made of copper and galvanized steel wire.

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Wire
39cm x 29cm x 51cm
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I am astonished by the comical look of the coot's enormous feet. In rendering a black and white bird in silver and copper wire only, I have left a lot for the viewer's eye to accommodate. I can "see" the white plate that covers the beak and lower face with no effort. Suitable for indoors or outdoors.
Heron 1

Heron 1

Garden heron, no danger to fish or frogs.

wire
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Lapwing

Lapwing

Drawing in various wires attached to canvas frame. Can be hung straight on wall.

Original
Wire on canvas
30cm x 23cm
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Blair-eyed Cormorant

Blair-eyed Cormorant

Centrepiece at book launch for "Mourning Emporium" and Cover bird for the Women's Ink anthology "Flight of Fancy".

Original
Papier mâché
54cm x 120cm x 50cm
Can be seen at Brentford Gallery
Re Blair-eyed Cormorant: I made the cormorant to be a focal point for the publishing party to launch Michelle Lovric's “The Mourning Emporium”. I like to use recycled materials in my papier mâché sculpture, and kind friends supply me with many varieties of wire and paper. The cormorant “George Blair” has a wire armature and a mixed body of pulped paper with layers of various papers and some fabric. He’s painted in acrylic. Tony Blair has kindly (though unwittingly) donated his eyes. I will leave it to the viewer to decide whether this contributes to George’s malevolent air!
Wise Raven

Wise Raven

This raven keeps a benign eye on all he surveys. He is part of a series of bird portraits - torso only.

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Papier mâché, wire and cherry wood
32cm x 20cm x 29cm
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The raven is part of a series of bird portraits using torso only, getting to the essence of each bird's unique personality. This raven is friend to man, and has the look of a guardian angel. He doesn't exude the usual corvid haughtiness. He is on a small wooden plinth from Moss & Co, timber merchants.
Magpies

Magpies

Paper and wire magpies on wooden bases.

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Paper
32cm x 10cm x 26cm
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Magpies looking clever, curious and inquisitive.
Robin

Robin

Britain's favourite winter bird with boatyard metal perch.

Original
Metal, wire, paper
27cm x 13cm x 17cm
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Zoo baby (orang-utan)

Zoo baby (orang-utan)

So like us!

Original
Paper pulp and wire on canvas
24cm x 24cm x 8cm
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Inspired by photographic zoo portrait.
James

James

Framed chimpanzee portrait. Rescued after parents killed for bushmeat trade in Cameroon.

Original
Plaster and paper mix on canvas
38cm x 44cm x 5cm

£225.00
Can be seen at Brentford Gallery
The chimpanzees have been rescued from harrowing circumstances and are now in sanctuaries. I believe human beings should treat other animals with compassion. This is based on a James Mollison book of photographic portraits.
Wilomena

Wilomena

Life size English Bulldog made with wire armature and papier mache with plaster and plastic clay. Acrylic paint.

Original
Papier Mache
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Wilomena is a lifelike and life-sized portrait of a female British Bulldog. Wire armature and mixed media covering with acrylic paint.
Whisper

Whisper

Life size whippet made with strong wire armature, paper, Fimo,Sculptamold.

Original
mixed media
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Can be seen at Brentford Gallery
Invasion!

Invasion!

Larger than life dragonfly, commission.

wire
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My name escapes me

My name escapes me

Stylized bird made of recycled objects.

Original
Papier mâché
12" x 6" x 6"
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This "rabbit-bird" is made of random objects found in my studio. He seemed to suggest his own form, but he does seem to be male.