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Margaret Rose McPherson, born on April 27, 1875 in Port Adelaide ....
Her passion for painting started at the age of 12 through china painting and she had private lessons with William Lister Lister.... In 1898, she advanced her studies under H.P. Gills and Hans Heysen at the Adelaide's School of Design. ....
Preston recalled her years of being inspired by Australian artists and flourishing interest in her article From Eggs to Electrolux, which was published in Sydney Ure Smith's Art in Australia in 1927. The article provided an understanding of Preston's personality and celebrated ego through an emotional recollection of her life, written at the height of her career, at age 52.
Margaret Preston died May 28, 1963. Her final series of prints gave a reflection of religion, and is thought to be inspired by Blake Prize. http://margaretprestonhistory.weebly.com/biography.html
It is in Preston’s wood cuts and monotypes that her capacity for modernist innovation and vitality of design are most evident. Preston’s forays into printmaking began while she was living in England, where she experimented with etching. It was, however, in the friendly little craft of woodblock printing that she was to excel, working with readily available materials, and drawing from her study of Japanese art to create the dynamic, colourful, vigorous and decorative images for which she received wide exposure and public acclaim. Inexpensive to produce, her prints gained wide spread appeal and were aimed at the domestic market.
Preston employed printmaking throughout her career with prodigious creative outcomes. There are over 400 known prints, however it is likely that she produced many more, as she was known to throw away any works that did not please her, and the documentation of some of her work is scarce. The overwhelming majority of Preston’s prints feature Australian native flora as their subjects, a deliberate selection in Preston’s quest... (http://www.margaretpreston.info/life-work/)