A Symphony of Curves will be showing at the Harley Gallery from 1st November to 24th December. It is a rare chance to see the world of Geoffrey Preston at close-quarters. The exhibition shows recent sculpture and decorative plasterwork, from small stucco flower relief panels to wildly exuberant Rococo ceilings. Design drawings and photographs of some of his principal commissions will be on display including pieces from the new Great Drawing Room ceiling at Great Fulford which was commended in 2013 Georgian Group Awards. See image below.
I caught this splendid show when it was first shown at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in 2012 and the new show is updated with recent work. Preston is the country’s finest stuccoist– that is the art of hand modeling plaster - you need the finest tools and you need to be fast – you have just three hours before it sets. Well, you have just a couple of months to enjoy this breathtaking exhibition and to actually meet the man himself.
He was a founding director of two of the country’s most respected conservation companies, at the helm of many significant projects including the pioneering restoration of the 18th century hand modelled plasterwork at Uppark House. Preston, led the small team of artist-craftsmen who restored the remarkable Rococo hand-modelled ceilings at this house and in the process he reinvented the art of hand-modelled stucco.
Preston now runs his own workshop, where he and his small band of artists create new plaster and stucco masterpieces for some of England's leading architects and decorators. The beautiful new workshop lies just outside Exeter.
A SYMPHONY OF CURVES: Geoffrey Preston – a tradition in Plaster
The Harley Gallery
EXHIBITION WALK AND TALK TOUR
Saturday 1st November, 12.30pm – 1pm
MEET THE ARTIST
Saturday 1st November, 1-3pm
Celebrate the opening of the exhibition and meet Geoffrey Preston.
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