Beauty for Beauty's Sake: David Preston

3 December 2021 - 30 January 2022


David Preston
Lilies in the Looking Glass 2020
oil on linen, 92 x 76cm
Courtesy of the artist

Uki-based artist David Preston is a self-described gypsy. His practice extends across painting, drawing and various forms of printmaking. In each of these media Preston reflects the interiors and landscapes of places he has lived in and travelled to over many decades.

Preston’s latest exhibition is comprised of new works created throughout 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the associated lockdown and its implications for an artist who works largely en plein air. Capturing thoughtfully arranged still lifes, views from his garden and scenes of quiet village life, Preston emphasises a beauty- first approach to artmaking. Preston said, “In this Neo Postmodern age, my hope is that beauty can once again be fashionable.”

A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative.