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Preston, Margaret (nee Junkin)

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Born: 1875 AD
Died: 1963 AD, at 88 years of age.

Nationality: Australian
Categories: Artists

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1875 – She was Margaret Rose Mcpherson born in this year.

 

1888 – She trained with Sydney landscape painter W. Lister Lister.

 

1893 – She enrolled at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School where she studied art for just over four years.

 

1898 - Following her time in Melbourne, she registered as student at the South Australian School of Design, Painting, and Technical Arts in Adelaide in this year.

 

1904 - Margaret first travelled to Europe in this year, studying in Paris and Munich. With the outbreak of World War I Margaret travelled to England, where she exhibited at the Royal Academy, the New English Art Club, and the Society of Women Artists.

 

1916 – She enrolled at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts studying pottery, fabric printing and dyeing, basket weaving and the many techniques of printmaking.

 

1919 – She married the wealthy businessman William George Preston, and settled in the Sydney Harbour-side suburb of Mosman.

 

1920 – In late part of this year, her prints became stark and geometric, as travel to Japan and South East Asia increased the aspects of asymmetrical design and close observation of nature in her work.

 

1953 – She exhibited what are considered by art historians to be her most significant works in this year at Macquarie Galleries in Sydney. The exhibition included 28 prints made using the simple printing technique of stencilling.

 

1963 – She died this year. She had produced over 400 prints during her 60-year career, in etching and monotyping as well as woodcut and stencil.


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