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Susan Preston

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SUMMER EXHIBITION
13 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
Susan Preston

I make quick sketchbook drawings or take photos while out and about of, for example, gates to a field, detritus on a beach, sticks in a winter garden. Using these elements I make rough sketchbook plans leaving them vague so that I’m free to make changes and exploit the irregularities that happen during the painting process.

The things I’m drawn to record sometimes resemble a grid, and often a grid that is on the point of collapse; I like the certainties of a grid being undermined. Many of my paintings have distinct and simple geometric areas like panels that I try and link to each other through brush marks, colour. The figure/ground tensions play an important role for me. The works look abstract because I simplify and edit out the identifying detail; I don’t want to describe things or suggest a narrative but I try to create a kind of space in the image without using linear perspective.

I work in oils on linen or canvas and make smaller work on gessoed wood panels. All are good surfaces for rubbing, layering, scraping and reworking which oil paint lends itself to. I also make works on paper using water based mixed media and pastels.

At some point I hope the image feels right, but I can’t anticipate how or when that will happen.

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Saffron Drift
oil on panel
28 x 35 cm
£ 850
Very Still
oil on panel
28 x 35 cm
£ 850
Away We Go
oil on board
31 x 35 cm
£ 850
January 3
oil on board
31 x 35 cm
£ 850
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Panel 1
oil on board
31 x 35 cm
£ 850
Panel 2
oil on board
31 x 35 cm
£ 850

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