Christine Druitt-Preston
 
Christine Druitt-Preston - Represented by Artsite Galleries, Sydney, Australia.
Christine Druitt-Preston - Represented by Artsite Galleries, Sydney, Australia.

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.

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 artmaking 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´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.

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


Colllections:
 
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW
Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Centre Collection, NSW
Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW
The State University of New York, NY, USA
Alfred University, NY, USA

Colllections:
 
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW
Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Centre Collection, NSW
Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW
The State University of New York, NY, USA
Alfred University, NY, USA

Private Collections:
 
Australia, USA.
 

Solo Exhibitions: (Selected)
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

Group Exhibitions: (Selected)
2020
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
Finalist Exhibition, STILL National Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW
Southern Printmakers Association, Broadhurst Gallery, Hazelhurst Art Centre, NSW
Semi-finalist exhibition (Online), 2020 KAAF Art Prize, NSW
2020,17,15,01
Finalist Exhibition, 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
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
1995,93
Galleria Del Mondo, Fremantle, WA
1994
Collectors Choice, Von Bertouch Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
1985
Wollongong University, Wollongong, NSW
1983
Saratoga Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
NY State University, Alfred, NY
1981
Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW
1981,79
UNSW, Kensington, NSW

Awards:
2019
Highly Commended, Gosford Art Prize
Bathurst Purchase Prize, Works on Paper
Southern Cross Open Award
1975
Sutherland Shire Council Award for Contemporary Painting

Residencies
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

Media/Publications/Online
2020
https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2020/05/20/switching-art-back-on-at-the-ncca-in-darwin-nt.html
https://wwas.org.au/galleries/waverley-art-prize-2020-finalists/
2019
https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2020/05/20/switching-art-back-on-at-the-ncca-in-darwin-nt.html
2019
https://artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/ExhibitionsAndPrograms/PastExhibitions
2017
https://issuu.com/hazelhurstregionalgallery/docs/hazelhurst_art_on_paper_award_2017

Colllections:
 
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW
Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Centre Collection, NSW
Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW
The State University of New York, NY, USA
Alfred University, NY, USA

Private Collections:
 
Australia, USA