ROBERT PRESTON – INNER VISIONS: OBSERVATION, ABSTRACTION AND IMAGINATION, 1955 – 2021
Inner Visions: Observation, Abstraction and Imagination, 1955 – 2021 is the first career-spanning retrospective of Townsville-based artist, Robert Preston, and the largest and most comprehensive selection of his work to date. The exhibition covers some sixty-six years of artistic practice, and includes key works from every period of Preston’s vast oeuvre, including never-before exhibited student works, studies, commissions and commercial pieces, and the career-defining Communion to the Trees in its entirety, exhibited for the first time in two decades.
This expansive exhibition is drawn from collections public and private, and features many works, journals and ephemera drawn from the artist’s own archives, offering new insights into one of North Queensland’s most beloved and influential artists.
Curated by Jonathan McBurnie.
Image: Robert Preston, Morning Raga on Contemplating Pataya [detail] 1978, gouache on Arches dessin paper, 36 x 33cm. Collection of City of Townsville.