Margaret Preston Woodcut “Bird Of Paradise” Elastic Hair Ties
Margaret Rose Preston was an Australian painter and printmaker who is regarded as one of Australia's leading modernists of the early 20th century. She spent the years of World War I living and working in Paris and Britain where she developing her art based on European post-impressionism and the Japanese print tradition of Ukiyo-e. Moving to Sydney by 1920 with her husband, she worked on still lifes in a modernist style, informed by her experience of avant-garde art in Europe and characterized by bold geometric shapes and black outlines. She was a skillful wood engraver and linocut printer and her woodcut and linocut prints featuring Australian native plants have become immensely popular. A writer and lecturer of art, she was a champion of and influenced by Aboriginal bark paintings and she became one of the country’s most astute public commentators on modern Australian issues.
This woodcut is called “Bird Of Paradise” and it depicts a gorgeous bird with teal green and red plumage perched in an exotic garden of flowers.