Christine Druitt-Preston is a Sydney based, mixed media artist whose practice employs lino block printing, collage, watercolour and embroidery to explore themes related to the domestic, be these interiors or gardens. Her artmaking while print based, acknowledges the themes and practices of earlier women artists and artisans; using machine stitching, embroidery and recycled domestic textiles.
Druitt-Preston studied at Alexander Mackie CAE and the National Art School 1968-71, receiving a Diploma of Art Education. In 1982-83 she studied Lithography at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, USA. In 2017 she resumed her artmaking practice full time, calling an end to her commitment to art education as a teacher of Art and Design, NSW TAFE 1974-1988 and Visual Arts, NSW Department of Secondary School Education 1998-2017. Most recently Druitt-Preston’s prints have been shown in the 2018 Cairns Inkmasters Print Award and Fremantle Print Award, and the 2017 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize and Gippsland Print Award.
In March this year she spent three weeks as Artist in Residence in the Nancy Fairfax Studio, Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah making drawings of the Margaret Olley Duxford Street re-creation.
Her exhibition Variations on a Theme – New Connections at the Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby, October 24 – November 11, 2018 showed works based on drawings made in Mudgee (north, western NSW), Rosebank (northern rivers), during the Nancy Fairfax Studio residency, and in her own home.