Robert Preston - Inner Visions: Observation, Abstraction and Imagination, 1955 - 2021

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Inner Visions: Observation, Abstraction and Imagination, 1955 – 2021 is the first career-spanning retrospective of Townsville-based artist, Robert Preston, and the largest and most comprehensive selection of his work to date. The exhibition covers some sixty-six years of artistic practice, and includes key works from every period of Preston’s vast oeuvre, including never-before exhibited student works, studies, commissions and commercial pieces, and the career-defining Communion to the Trees in its entirety, exhibited for the first time in two decades.

This expansive exhibition is drawn from collections public and private, and features many works, journals and ephemera drawn from the artist’s own archives, offering new insights into one of North Queensland’s most beloved and influential artists.

Curated by Jonathan McBurnie.

Exhibition Launch

6 - 8pm
Friday 18 June 2021

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Robert Preston: Artist Talk

Saturday 19 June
11am - 12noon
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Discover the works of Robert Preston in his exhibition Inner Visions: Observation, Abstraction and Imagination, 1955 - 2021 on display at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 18 June – 22 August 2021.
Hear from the artist himself as Robert gives us an insight into an artistic practice spanning some sixty-six years.

Inner Visions: Observation, Abstraction and Imagination, 1955 - 2021 includes key works from every period of Preston’s vast oeuvre, including never-before exhibited student works, studies, commissions and commercial pieces, and the career-defining COMMUNION TO THE TREES in its entirety, exhibited for the first time in two decades.

Please note COVID safe implementations are in place including capacity restrictions.  Attendance will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Robert Preston: Artist Talk – Materials and Techniques

Saturday 31 July
11am - 12noon
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Join us for an insightful morning at the Gallery with North Queensland artist Robert Preston. In this second artist talk, listen in as Robert gives us an insight into the materials and techniques he uses in his artworks.

See Robert’s exhibition Inner Visions: Observation, Abstraction and Imagination, 1955 - 2021 on show at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 18 June – 22 August 2021. This vibrant display includes key works from every period of Preston’s vast oeuvre, including never-before exhibited student works, studies, commissions and commercial pieces, and the career-defining Communion to the Trees in its entirety, exhibited for the first time in two decades.

Please note COVID safe implementations are in place including capacity restrictions. Attendance will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Image 1: Robert Preston, Morning Raga on Contemplating Pataya [detail] 1978, gouache on Arches dessin paper, 36 x 33cm. Collection of City of Townsville.
Image 2: Robert Preston in his studio painting Voices from a Distant Shore, 2020 – 21, tempera gouache, dry-ground pigment, and gold leaf, 34 x 56.5 cm
Image 3: Robert Preston’s art studio with artwork Voices from a Distant Shore, 2020 – 21, tempera gouache, dry-ground pigment, and gold leaf, 34 x 56.5 cm

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