The decorative vision: 1912-1919
Preston’s expatriate years were spent developing
a ‘decorative’ practice, influenced by Japanese Ukiyo-e
prints and the post-impressionists. It was exemplified in the flattened
spaces, intense pure colour and rhythmic dispersal of forms in her
paintings. Art became ‘something made by man to visualise
From this time Preston’s art developed to a
series of negotiations between representation and abstraction. Her
application of Japanese principles became individualised when combined
with her powers as a painter of idiosyncratic colour combinations.
Attaching equal importance to craft and painting, Preston also extended
her skills to printmaking and pottery.