Preston is widely regarded as a contemporary master of plaster relief – a rare, highly specialist art form. In a modern take on traditional methods, the designs are first modelled in clay before being cast in plaster. Skilfully using the stucco technique, Preston also models plaster directly onto the finished piece to create unique forms.
The designs illustrate how an ingenious use of depth can offer great versatility: the effect ranges from a subtle addition of texture, to dramatic and highly sculptural forms. Drawing on motifs from nature – such as flora, fauna and the sea – as well as abstract architectural patterns, each design is created with great sensitivity to the character of the interior.
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About the Artist
Geoffrey Preston is a British artist, working from his studio based in Devon, United Kingdom. After studying Sculpture at Hornsey College of Art, Preston trained as a stone mason, carver and restorer, giving him a unique set of skills that enabled him to open his eponymous plaster studio in 2000.
As a specialist in exceedingly rare traditional plaster techniques, such as stucco, Geoffrey Preston's studio has created unique installations in the UK and internationally. Prestigious commissions have included a plaster feature wall for London's The Goring hotel and a flying unicorn for Annabel's Mayfair, and for many private collections.