An Artist's Life
written by Philippa O'Brien
Fremantle Press | ISBN 9781921361906
Paperback – 144 pages
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This is the fascinating story of a young sculptor who helped bring modernism to Perth. Margaret Priest was educated at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art and won the Royal Scottish Academy's award for best young artist before arriving in Perth in 1951. Here she found herself at the centre of a stimulating circle of academic immigrants and at the forefront of modernist sculpture in this city. She was the first to create an abstract artwork for a public space in Perth and her monumental work Pioneer Woman remains, to this day, an iconic artwork at the centre of Kings Park. This is the story of an artists' life, her work and the ways in which her vision came to shape Perth's cultural landscape.