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March 7, 1986 | ROBERT McDONALD
Just a few years ago, landscape painting along with figurative painting and work that expressed feelings was regarded as fit only for commercial artists and amateurs. The human spirit, however, is perverse. There were always some artists who painted landscapes, even though they were out of fashion; some who used the human figure as subjects, and some who expressed strong sentiments. And there were collectors and a few critics who appreciated their work.
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April 16, 2006 | Susan Heeger, Susan Heeger is a staff writer for Martha Stewart Living and has covered gardens for The Times.
In her sun hat and jeans, Astrid Preston could be just another backyard gardener. Armed with clippers, she starts her day "creating little moments of order," she explains, snipping spent blooms off her freesia, daffodil and ranunculus plants. But by the time Preston finishes tidying up, she has filed away images in her mind--sweeps of yellows, reds and greens, the play of sunlight on the leaves--to take to the studio on the first floor of her Santa Monica home.
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March 7, 2002
* Astrid Preston: Paintings and Tito Sanpaolesi: Photographs (Craig Krull Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., B-3, Santa Monica, [310] 828-6410). Includes Preston's "Orange Tree," above. Ends April 6.
NEWS
March 7, 2002
* Astrid Preston: Paintings and Tito Sanpaolesi: Photographs (Craig Krull Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., B-3, Santa Monica, [310] 828-6410). Includes Preston's "Orange Tree," above. Ends April 6.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1987 | LEAH OLLMAN
- Sushi's second annual "Artists by Themselves" exhibit, featuring roughly 100 artists' self-portraits, will culminate in an auction Saturday, Dec. 12, from 7-11 p.m. The drawings, constructions, paintings and photographs by artists including Raul Guerrero, Astrid Preston, Roberto Salas and Marjorie Nodelman will be on view at Sushi (852 8th Ave.) through the day of the auction. Proceeds will be used toward artists' fees and other visual-arts program costs.
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January 19, 1997 | SUSAN HEEGER
As a gardener, Astrid Preston is a realist: Her Santa Monica yard is too steep for hedges and too small for all the trees she wants. But as a painter, she has everything: giant boxwood mazes, cypress tickling the sky and exotic plants of her own invention. She can mix up the seasons (pairing spring blooms with the burnt fields of late summer) and weather (conjuring fog over sunny clearings). She can even paint landscapes within landscapes.
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September 22, 1989 | MARLENA DONOHUE
After a good rain, colors, contrasts and contours seem to snap with clarity. This is the vision that Astrid Preston brings to her paintings of tree-lined roads, cityscapes, verdant woods and valleys. Whatever the subject or quality of light, Preston gives her landscapes the almost too-sharp look of a hallucination. The daughter of architects, Preston began by making funny little houses from clear geometric shapes in aluminum.
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April 16, 2006 | Susan Heeger, Susan Heeger is a staff writer for Martha Stewart Living and has covered gardens for The Times.
In her sun hat and jeans, Astrid Preston could be just another backyard gardener. Armed with clippers, she starts her day "creating little moments of order," she explains, snipping spent blooms off her freesia, daffodil and ranunculus plants. But by the time Preston finishes tidying up, she has filed away images in her mind--sweeps of yellows, reds and greens, the play of sunlight on the leaves--to take to the studio on the first floor of her Santa Monica home.
NEWS
July 18, 1985
The works of 12 artists have been purchased by the Santa Monica Arts Commission for the city's new Art Bank. The Art Bank program was established last year by the City Council to bring contemporary art into the community and to encourage emerging and established artists by acquiring their work. The artists are David Garcia, Gilah Hirsch, Anne Marie Karlsen, Sunglee Suki Lee, Karry Marshall, Barry Mottishaw, Carol Neiman, Astrid Preston, Joyce Treiman, John White, Efram Wolff and Richard Wyatt.
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June 27, 1987 | HILLIARD HARPER, San Diego County Arts Writer
One of the city's top commercial art galleries announced this week that it will close Aug. 31 for financial reasons. Gallery owner Patty Aande cited a need for "more financial stability" in deciding to fold the highly regarded art showcase at 960 9th Ave.
MAGAZINE
January 19, 1997 | SUSAN HEEGER
As a gardener, Astrid Preston is a realist: Her Santa Monica yard is too steep for hedges and too small for all the trees she wants. But as a painter, she has everything: giant boxwood mazes, cypress tickling the sky and exotic plants of her own invention. She can mix up the seasons (pairing spring blooms with the burnt fields of late summer) and weather (conjuring fog over sunny clearings). She can even paint landscapes within landscapes.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 1989 | MARLENA DONOHUE
After a good rain, colors, contrasts and contours seem to snap with clarity. This is the vision that Astrid Preston brings to her paintings of tree-lined roads, cityscapes, verdant woods and valleys. Whatever the subject or quality of light, Preston gives her landscapes the almost too-sharp look of a hallucination. The daughter of architects, Preston began by making funny little houses from clear geometric shapes in aluminum.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1987 | LEAH OLLMAN
- Sushi's second annual "Artists by Themselves" exhibit, featuring roughly 100 artists' self-portraits, will culminate in an auction Saturday, Dec. 12, from 7-11 p.m. The drawings, constructions, paintings and photographs by artists including Raul Guerrero, Astrid Preston, Roberto Salas and Marjorie Nodelman will be on view at Sushi (852 8th Ave.) through the day of the auction. Proceeds will be used toward artists' fees and other visual-arts program costs.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 1986 | ROBERT McDONALD
Just a few years ago, landscape painting along with figurative painting and work that expressed feelings was regarded as fit only for commercial artists and amateurs. The human spirit, however, is perverse. There were always some artists who painted landscapes, even though they were out of fashion; some who used the human figure as subjects, and some who expressed strong sentiments. And there were collectors and a few critics who appreciated their work.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 1986 | COLIN GARDNER
Jim Dailey makes his solo gallery debut with a series of large landscapes that seem more concerned with reviving and reasserting the rhetorical properties of painting than with exploring either the language of representation or the way we "read" the landscape itself.
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