Larry Preston - Fine Artist

Larry Preston

Plainfield, MA - United States

 
 
 

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Larry Preston

Plainfield, MA - United States

Larry Preston - Fine Artist

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About Larry Preston

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1951, Larry Preston spent his teenage years at the Worcester Art Museum viewing the museum's collection of Flemish still life paintings. He tried to imitate their work and in so doing, arrived at the technique he uses today to paint his still lifes and landscapes. Completely self taught, his work evolved over many years.

In his late teens, Larry embarked on what became a successful career as a musician. After 20 years in the music business, He ultimately decided to return to his first love, painting. Upon his return, he experimented with many different styles of painting, including surrealism and abstract. Echoing his love of the paintings he saw as a teenager, his desire to paint still lifes and landscapes eventually took over.

He chooses to paint those objects he sees around him. Simple, everyday objects that he finds beautiful and that are all to often overlooked. A single flower or a piece of fruit celebrating the beauty to be found around us. Landscapes inspired by the bucolic scenes to be found around his western Mass home.

Larry Preston's work has won numerous national awards including several from The Artist's Magazine, The Art Calendar and many juried art exhibits. He is a recent featured artist in The American Artist Magazine (July/August 2005) and was featured in the American Art Collector Magazine in the April 2009 issue. His work is included in national and international collections. His work can be seen in many illustrations for newspapers and national magazines and he has been a featured artist for PBS auctions.

Painting in oil, linen or canvas Larry has developed a technique, sketching his subject first in charcoal and turpentine then applying many semi-transparent oil glazes over the original sketch. The resulting work has great depth and a luminous quality. A quiet, introspective quality is evident in his still lifes and landscapes.

Larry lives and paints in western Mass with his wife Nancy, a ballet teacher.

Original art work is sold through the following galleries that represnt me

William Baczek Fine Art, 36 Main Street, Northampton, Ma., 01060
www.wbfinearts.com
The Principle Gallery, 208 King Street, Alexandria, Va., 22314
www.principlegallery.com
The Churchill Gallery, 1 Inn Street, Newburyport, Ma., 01950
www.thechurchillgallery.com
The Addison Gallery, 345 Paza Real, Boca Raton, Fl., 33432
www.addisongallery.com
Newbury Fine Art, 29 Newbury Street, Boston, Ma.,
www.newburyfinearts.com

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LARRY PRESTON SOLO EXHIBITION

Plainfield, MA - March 16th, 2011

AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR MAGAZINE PREVIEW ARTICLE FOR LARRY PRESTON SOLO EXHIBITION AT WILLIAM BACZEK FINR ART MARCH 16, 2011 - APRIL 16, 2011 APRIL ISSUE

BREAKING TRADITION

Plainfield, MA - March 10th, 2011

By Laura Holland Image Courtesy of Larry Preston Broken China, 20x16 oil on panel Austerity and opulence, realism and artifice, dispassionate examination and enthusiastic engagement—these are the complementary qualities that Larry Preston skillfully combines in his still life paintings. Building up layers of translucent glazes of oil paint to create shimmering surfaces, Preston bases his intimately scaled paintings such as “Lemon” and “Canton with Fruit” on longstanding tradition, adding an individual twist. While he was painting “Canton with Fruit,” one piece of china nearly fell to the floor. Not the lid, precariously balanced on a bowl of plums on the right, but the little pitcher, placed on the left between a sunflower and a fig. This pitcher was a very old, precious piece, borrowed from a friend. “I saw it teetering and caught it just in time,” he says. “That’s when I started...

Larry Preston SOUTHERN LIGHT

Plainfield, MA - March 21st, 2009

AMERICAN ART CLLECTOR MAGAZINE PREVIEW -APRIL 2009 ISSUE - SOLO EXHIBITION - LARRY PRESTON SOUTHERN LIGHT www.americanartcollector.com