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Christine Druitt Preston´s work has been exhibited as finalist in major Art Awards in Australia including the Jacaranda Drawing Award; priNT, Darwin Centre for Contemporary Art, NT; Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery; Still: National Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery; The Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery; Muswellbrook Art Prize Works on Paper; Cairns Inkmasters Print Award; Fremantle National Print Award; Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize and The Gippsland Print Award, amongst others.
Christine Druitt Preston´s work, whilst predominately print based, acknowledges the themes and practices of earlier women artists and the mostly unrecognised gentle arts, in her merging of drawing, printmaking, machine stitching, embroidery and recycled domestic textiles within her work.
I heard someone recalling Aristotle's claim that the role of art was not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. When I look at Christine’s work, I am reminded of this truth as I see these exquisitely delicate and beautifully crafted personal worlds that explore the space between our outer world and inner existence.
I am captivated by a sense of present absence.
Rooms, domestic spaces, gardens filled with a human presence yet absent from view. I see spaces alive with memory of family and friends AND the sanctuary of the singular artist in her own space – in her room of one’s own. - Heather Whitely Robertson, Head of Learning and Participation, AGNSW, 2018
Christine graduated from Alexander Mackie College (now morphed into UNSW) and the National Art School in Sydney, before studying Lithography at New York's Alfred University, USA.
"...As an adult I have moved many times, building and visiting many ‘nests’... Places that hold memory and for which I feel a deep and abiding affinity... places for which I feel a connection, inform my practice and, through the art making process, take on a life of my making...
The patterns, textures and sounds of a lovingly nurtured garden, a dining room table that has nourished many, or a fabric detail, all hold... potential..." - Christine Druitt-Preston, 2020
|2019||Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah, Qld|
|2018||Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby, NSW|
|2016, 05, 01||Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea, NSW|
|1983||Galleria Del Mondo, Fremantle, WA|
|1982||Berrima Galleries, Berrima, NSW
Leura Gallery, Leura, NSW
|1980||Allegro Gallery, Kenthurst, NSW|
|2021||Burnie Print Prize 2021, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, TAS|
|2020||Hazelhurst 2020, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Art Centre, Gymea, NSW
Semi-finalist, BAM Art Prize, Byron Arts Magazine, Northern Rivers Community Gallery, NSW
Finalist Exhibition, Jacaranda Drawing Prize, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW.
Finalist Exhibition, Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW
Hazelhurst 2020 Exhibition, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Art Centre
Finalist Exhibition, priNT Darwin Centre for Contemporary Art, NT
Finalist Exhibition, Waverley Art Prize, Sydney, NSW
Southern Printmakers Association, Shop Gallery, Glebe, NSW
Finalist Exhibition, 2020 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD
Semi-finalist exhibition (Online), 2020 KAAF Art Prize, NSW
|2020, 17, 15, 01||Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Art Centre, Gymea, NSW|
|2019||Finalist Exhibition, Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, NSW
Finalist Exhibition, Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW
Finalist Exhibition, STILL National Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW
Southern Printmakers Association, Broadhurst Gallery, Hazelhurst Art Centre, NSW
|2018||Finalist Exhibition, Inkmasters Print Award, Cairns, QLD
Finalist Exhibition, Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award, Fremantle, WA
Finalist Exhibition, Hornsby Art Prize, Hornsby, NSW
|2017||Finalist Exhibition, Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Sydney, NSW
Finalist Exhibition, Gippsland Print Award, Qld
|2015||Finalist Exhibition, Silk Cut Award for Lino Cut Prints, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, VIC|
|2020||Bathurst Regional Gallery Artist in Residence, Haefligers Cottage, Hill End, NSW|
|2018||Artist in Residence, Nancy Fairfax Studio, Tweed Regional Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW
Artist in Residence, Alfred University, NY, USA
|2020||JADA 2020 (Catalogue), Pub: Grafton Regional Gallery, Oct 01, 2020, Pages: 2, 4, Image Page 18, 62. ISBN: 978-0-646-82555-7
Art Hazelhurst 2020 Exhibition, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Art Centre, Gymea, NSW
Sunshine Coast Art Award, Caloundra Regional Gallery
Switching art back on at the NCCA in Darwin NT, Rickard Horstman, Art and Culture. The Jakarta Post, April 2020
Waverley Art Prize 2020 Finalists.
|2019||Olley Land - Christine Druitt-Preston , Tweed Regional Gallery, NSW|
|2017||Hazelhurst art on paper award 2017, (Catalogue), pp.44-45. Pub: Hazelhurst Arts Centre, Jun 2, 2017|
|NGA Australian Prints & Printmaking, Centre for Australian Art|
2021 Highly Commended Award, 2021 KAAF Art Prize. Korean Cultural Centre, Sydney.
2019 People’s Choice Award, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD.
2019 Highly Commended, Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW
Bathurst Purchase Prize, Works on Paper, Bathurst, NSW.
Southern Cross Open Award, Southern Cross Arts Festival, QLD.
1975 Sutherland Shire Council Award for Contemporary Painting
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW.
Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY, USA.
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Centre Collection, NSW.
Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW.
The State University of New York, NY, USA.
Alfred University, NY, USA.
Australia and Internationally.
Each year The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre presents an exhibition curated exclusively from the collection 2022 An Artist's view: Margaret Olley and Contemporaries Includes Christine Druitt Preston. Artsite Contemporary Australia. [...]
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Lunch with Miss Olley - Looking at the sole of her foot, 1/5, 2018
Olley Land - Take a place at the table, 3/5, 2019. (Unframed)
There could be fairies in this garden – Gulgamree, Mudgee , 2021. (Framed)
There could be fairies in this garden – Gulgamree, Mudgee 1/5, 2018