John Preston

MediaDrawing, Painting, Printmaking

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Artist's StatementI am a freelance Artist, Historic Environment Consultant and Lecturer. Buildings, trees, landscape and my travels feature strongly in my art. I have always painted and drawn; I learned etching at an evening class when I came back to Cambridge in 1980. I use a wide range of etching techniques to create images on zinc or steel plates. I love the challenges and unpredictability of this very traditional medium. When Historic Environment Manager for Cambridge, I was responsible for historic buildings and trees across the city. I have always combined my artistic practice with my environmental work, most recently as Heritage Chair of the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance helping older buildings meet the challenges of climate change. Locally I am involved with efforts to keep Cambridge special, including supporting Cambridge Market, and helping to find a new community use for the former Mill Road Library.

I was elected a member of the Cambridge Drawing Society in 1982, and I have been a Cambridge Open Studios member for over 30 years. 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. A 2011 invitation to exhibit in China led to 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 etchings feature in “The Cambridge Art Book” published in 2017, and in “Limited Edition” a Mascot Media book published for the Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale 2018. My work is in private and business collections in the UK, USA, Canada, Switzerland and India. These include Barclays Bank, Allen and Overy (London), Office Plan International, American Technologies Inc (Illinois) and Mills and Reeve Francis, Cambridge. "Kings Backs II" was presented by Philips Telecom to the Government of West Bengal, India, to mark the opening of a new factory in Calcutta. "The Getty View" was bought by the Bishop of Ely as a wedding present for HRH Prince Andrew.

Art StyleRepresentational, Traditional, Plein Air, Monochrome

Art SubjectsLandscape, Cityscape, Coastal, Nature, Architecture

Art Materialswatercolour, ink, paper


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