John Preston

MediaDrawing, Painting, Printmaking

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Artist's StatementI am a freelance Artist, Historic Environment Consultant and Lecturer. Previously I was Historic Environment Manager for Cambridge, responsible for historic buildings and trees across the city. Buildings, trees, landscape and my travels feature strongly in my art. I have always painted and drawn; I started painting watercolours when travelling around Italy between school and university, and I learned to etch at an evening class when I came back to Cambridge in 1980. Recently I have combined my artistic practice with working, as Heritage Chair of the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance, to help older buildings meet the challenges of climate change.

I was elected a member of the Cambridge Drawing Society in 1982. I have been a regular Cambridge Open Studios and Drawing Society exhibitor, except for a break from 2003 to 2012. My studio is at St Barnabas Press, where I give demonstrations of printmaking during Open Studios. My work has been shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, and many open exhibitions in the UK and abroad. In 2011 I was invited to exhibit in China; I was the lead artist for a major sold-out exhibition in 2014 at the Heilongjiang Province Fine Art Museum in Harbin. In 2016 my aquatint “Floodlit Lantern” was selected by Norman Ackroyd RA for “The Masters: Etching” at the Bankside Gallery. My work is featured in “Limited Edition” a Mascot Media book published for the Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale 2018, and in “The Cambridge Art Book” published in 2017.

Art StyleRepresentational, Traditional, Plein Air, Monochrome

Art SubjectsLandscape, Cityscape, Coastal, Nature, Architecture

Art Materialswatercolour, ink, paper

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