Margaret Priest

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03 Dec 2009 - 07 Feb 2010

Margaret Priest was one of the foremost figures in post-war art in Western Australia. Given Perth's cultural isolation from mainstream Australian art in the early 1960s, she was the first sculptor to introduce modernist ideas and became an important link to contemporary European practice at that time.

She played a prominent part in the aesthetic development of Perth during the decades between 1950 and 1980, a significant period for both artistic growth and cultural identity in WA. For over a decade she made an important contribution as a lecturer at WAIT (now Curtin) where she influenced many of the current generation of contemporary sculptors. She has always maintained contact with her national and international peers.

She created an important body of work, much of it in high profile public positions in the city of Perth. Her Pioneer Woman is the centrepiece of the public space in Kings Park. Despite her work being an integral part of the landscape in the City of Perth few people are now familiar with the wider framework of her career. Now in her mid-eighties, Margaret lives in the South West where she has continued to practise as a highly professional artist for many years.

The exhibition will include sculptures, associated drawings, and recent paintings. It will be accompanied by a new publication exploring the work of Margaret Priest in its historical context.

 

Margaret Priest Fragment , 1960, driftwood, 99 x 25 x 29 cm
Collection of the artist
Margaret Priest   Lake at Twizel  
acrylic on card, 36 x 41 cm, 1993
Margaret Priest   Mount Cook  
acrylic on board, 36 x 91 cm, 1993
$6000
Margaret Priest   Celebrating Naidoc Week  
acrylic on canvas, 90 x 160 cm, 2006
$12 000
Margaret Priest   Remembering Landsdale: Bulldozer Rampant, Felix Dormant, Birds Insouciant, Strelitzia Defiant
acrylic on canvas, 117 x 183 cm, 1994
$15 000
Margaret Priest   Ragged Range  
acrylic on canvas, 90 x 140 cm, 1999
$10 000
Margaret Priest   Purnululu (Don’t sit on the Spinifex, Margaret!)
acrylic on board, 57 x 73 cm, 1999
$2400
Margaret Priest   Sundowners  
acrylic on canvas, 129 x 100 cm, 2000
$12 000
Margaret Priest   Troubled Waters  
acrylic on canvas, 100 x 133 cm, 2005
$10 000
Margaret Priest   Mini Palms  
acrylic on board, 64 x 50 cm, 1999
$2400
Margaret Priest   Kununurra  
acrylic on board, 49 x 63 cm, 1999
$2400
Margaret Priest   Allie’s House  
acrylic on canvas, 64 x 76 cm, 2005
$3200
Margaret Priest   Waiting for Me  
oil on canvas, 92 x 156 cm, 2009 
$12 000
Margaret Priest   Lilies at Twizel  
acrylic on cork, 41 x 36 cm, 1993
$900
Margaret Priest   Augusta Garden  
oil on canvas, 92 x 153 cm, 2009
$12 000
Margaret Priest   Strelitzia Still Life (work in progress)  
acrylic on canvas, 122 x 57 cm, 2009 
$8000
Margaret Priest   The Art Lesson  
acrylic on canvas, 77 x 66, 2006 
$3200
Margaret Priest   Remembering Landsdale: Bulldozer Rampant, Felix Dormant, Birds Insouciant, Strelitzia Defiant
acrylic on canvas, 117 x 183 cm, 1994
$15 000