Natalie Preston

Miami, FL // Baltimore, MD

My work combines portraiture and abstraction through a variety of media that is reminiscent of my home and the various environments in which I have found myself since childhood. In my paintings I draw inspiration from the colors and culture of South Florida and the people that I grew up around. I am constantly referencing the architecture and decorative elements of the landscapes and interiors I am surrounded by. In my work I address themes of memory and nostalgia, childhood, religion, family, and identity as it relates to my current experiences.

I focus primarily on narrative and symbolism and the numerous ways I can tell my stories through imagery as simple and direct as portraiture or as elaborate and detailed as multi-panel landscapes and images. I am drawn to unconventional surfaces and tend to utilize the pattern, texture, and design that I am exposed to in my everyday life. The figure is always present in my work and I am continuously looking for new ways to incorporate it. I intend for my work to be easily accessible while still maintaining very personal and intimate components that are not revealed to viewers.

Education 

2016-PRESENT

MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART (MICA), Baltimore, MD Bachelor of Fine Arts Candidate in Painting, Concentration in Curatorial Studies Expected graduation 2020

2012-2016

DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE SENIOR HIGH, Miami, FL

Awards 

2016-present

Academic Excellence Scholarship, MICA

 

A.R.T.S. Scholarship, MICA

 

Creative Vision Award, MICA

 

NAHS Scholarship, MICA

 

Thalheimer Scholarship, MICA

 

Deans Grant, MICA

2016

2015

Young Designers Scholarship Fund - Design for the District, 2nd place

NFAA Young Arts Merit Award

Exhibitions 

2018

2018

2018

EDUCATION AS THE PRACTICE OF FREEDOM, Exhibiting Artist

National Young Arts Foundation, Miami, FL

MICA JURIED UNDERGRADUATE EXHIBITION, Exhibiting Artist

Baltimore, MD

COUNTERNARRATIVES: PERFORMANCE AND ACTION IN PUBLIC SPACE, Curatorial Team

Baltimore, MD

2017

FOX 2: PAINTING IN THE EXPANDED FIELD, Exhibiting Artist

Fox 2 Gallery, Baltimore, MD

 © 2019 by Natalie Preston. 

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