SPOILT OR SPOILED

I HAVE troubled with spoilt and spoiled. Either way, I was. I couldn’t find online the Margaret Preston print I was given by the two eldes...


I HAVE troubled with spoilt and spoiled. Either way, I was. I couldn’t find online the Margaret Preston print I was given by the two eldest – we’ll call them Golden Child I and Golden Child II, a family in joke regarding their competition for the No.1 title.

The print they gave me was Preston’s 1952 woodblock print Banksias in Jug. I have a thing for banksias and am lucky enough to live where they grow in all manner of shapes and sizes. They’ve been the subject of my own drawing and printmaking.

The print above is from the National Gallery of Australia’s Australasian art collection. It is the 1933 relief woodcut called Banksia Cobs. It was purchased by the gallery in 1980.

Source: © Margaret Rose Preston Estate.
Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia. Accn No: NGA 80.450.

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7 comments

  1. You lucky girl to own a Margaret Preston print!

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  2. Beautiful. I adore Margaret Preston - you are indeed lucky.

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  3. ooooo aaaahhhh! I that print is gorgeous! The banksias are all in an intersting stage presently. I was admiring a huge tree dreamily out the window the other day, and thought "i must draw them"! I would love to see your stuff...

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  4. yes its so beautiful - how nice of them, you're very lucky!!

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  5. OMG I AM SOOO JEALOUS!!! i also really really love m.preston and banksias - wow i think i sound v teenage with all this gushing but wow - u lucky thing. i think my love of banksias was initially sparked by may gibbs and her banksia men. i had nightmares about them they scared me so much but i seem to have come away with an everlasting thing for them. something strong and graphic and aussie iconic about them like the waratah x

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  6. I agree - very lucky!
    I did traditional art lessons while growing up, oil painting etc and I remember painting a banksia bush - I wish I knew what happened to it... would love to see some of your drawings!!

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  7. nice one! I like Margeret Preston too. We have a lovely scene by her of a harbour/sailboats. Very Aussie.

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