Stucco, or decorative plasterwork is no longer a lost art thanks to Geoffrey Preston and the handful of people he has trained over the past 20 years. But these are pretty much the only people doing it. So a new exhibition that explores the history of decorative plasterwork from the Rococo splendour of the Foundling Hospital Court Room to contemporary designs is well worth a visit.
Lines of Beauty investigates the 400-year-old tradition of decorative plasterwork through the history of the Foundling Museum’s interiors, the restoration of historic houses and the creation of stand-alone artworks by modern master craftsman Geoffrey Preston.
The exhibition showpiece is the Museum’s exuberant Rococo ceiling, which was designed over 250 years ago by Georgian craftsman and entrepreneur William Wilton. This exhibition let’s us focus not just on this extraordinary work of art but gives us the opportunity to view it through the lens of a contemporary practice, and in particular the master craftsman Geoffrey Preston.
Lines of Beauty - Rococo plasterwork and the art of Geoffrey Preston
is at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury WC1N 1AZ.
4 June – 6 September 2015.