San Diego

Astrid Preston

Patty Aande Gallery

Astrid Preston is a landscape painter based in Santa Monica. Although she is not a photorealist, all of her work is based on photographs, sometimes photos taken from magazines. In previous shows, her paintings featured light that had unreal, perhaps even surreal, overtones, forms that tended to be defined by hard edges, and orderly compositions with very definite and strategically composed vistas. During the past year, Preston began to demonstrate a more romantic bent. Although she had often depicted images of suburbia, she began to paint suburban night scenes, using the dramatic effects of artificially lit interiors and dark shadows to evoke the kind of ambiguous tension between the real and the surreal that she had previously achieved through compositional artifice. Her recent show consisted of several of these together with even newer, extremely small-scale paintings.

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