Margaret Preston

Margaret Preston, one of Australia’s greatest artists, began her career under William Lister Lister in Sydney. She then went onto study under Frederick McCubbin at the National Gallery School in Victoria. She was one of the first female artists to have her bold works of floral compositions recognised by the public and critics as art with merit. Preston was intensely ambitious on promoting contemporary ideas in the sphere of artistic creativity and became a voice and inspiration for female artists. Preston was passionate about creating a ‘National Art’ for Australia that was inspired by our indigenous heritage. In this respect, she was leaps and bounds ahead of her contemporaries. A joint exhibition between Preston and Thea Proctor in 1925 of colour woodcuts was considered ‘perhaps the most important of its kind ever arranged by local artists and as supplying the main distinction of the year’. (Preston, D Edwards & R Peel. 2005.p. 85)