Christine Druitt-Preston

Artist Profile
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 Yorks 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
 

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 (Recent)

2021
Finalist Exhibition, 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
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
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


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
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             
 
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.
 

Bibliography

NGA Australian Prints & Printmaking, Centre for Australian Art,  


Awards and Prizes

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

Collections

Public Collections

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.


Private Collections

Australia and Internationally.


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Olley Land - A lover's tale, 2019

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Olley Land - Still life with poppies, 2019

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Lunch with Miss Olley - Chinese Horseman. 1/5 2018

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There could be fairies in this garden – Gulgamree, Mudgee, 2018

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Olley Land - Sugar with that , 2019

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Lunch with Miss Olley - Looking at the sole of her foot, 2018. 1/5

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Olley Land - Yellow room 2/5. 2019