John Preston
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Etchings of UK outside Cambridge

Etchings from around the country.  Some drawn directly on the plate, on the spot, and in reverse (so the printed image is the right way round). 

"Charlestown" is my biggest ever etching plate, drawn in reverse, with the plate on an easel.

"Moonlit Charlestown" was drawn on the spot, directly but not in reverse.  This former China clay port is now  much used for filming ("The Onedin Line", "Poldark"etc).

"The Stuntney view" was also drawn on the spot in reverse, with the plate resting on the car roof.

"Milden Third Man - The Nine Churches" dates back to my village cricket days in Suffolk.   I had recently seen some of Glynn Thomas's characteristic "fish-eye view" etchings; when I found myself fielding in the deep close to a trig. point (bottom right), I found I could see both Lavenham Church (top left), and the tower of Stoke-by-Nayland (away in the distance at the bottom). I was inspired to come back the next weekend and make a pencil drawing, from which I created this etching several years later. 



My Events

Etching talk by John Preston
13 Jul 2019 - 16:00 to 17:00
Etching - talk / demonstration at St Barnabas Press (49 and Gallery G1 in Guide), the Belfast Yard, Coldham's Road, Cambridge.
Etching talk by John Preston

July Open Studios

Cambridge Open Studios 2021
Cambridge Open Studios 2021


Exhibition successes!
My aquatint "Floodlit Octagon, Ely Cathedral" was selected for "The Masters: Etching" at The Bankside Gallery, London. My steel etching "Charlestown" was voted "Top 20" at the Cambridge Open Art Exhibition at Swavesey Village College, and subsequently exhibited at The Babylon Gallery, Ely.
Exhibition successes!

etching, painting
Come and see my etchings and paintings in my studio at St Barnabas Press. Atmospheric buildings, trees, landscapes.
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