In summary fashion, here’s what I do, what I think in my creation of signed, limited-edition photographs. I have an eye for the unexpected and the weird; pattern and serial imagery; asymmetry and heightened color. My current interest is in saturated color and imaginative digital enhancements.
I occasionally think of myself as a painter with a camera. I believe that any fool can take a good picture — not every fool knows how or why.
I am continually inspired by the pastel drawings of Edgar Degas; the photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank; and the 19th century Japanese ukiyo-e prints of Hiroshige, Hokusai and Kunisada, among others.
Michael Preble, a resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas, has been an active photographer since the late 1980s, first publishing his Caribbean photographs with International Voyager Media, Miami. He has exhibited nationally and regionally, including art festivals, galleries and museums, and is included in numerous public and private collections in Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Pennsylvania.
In addition to viewing at Local Colour Gallery, his photographs can also be seen at the Artists’ Workshop Gallery, 610 A Central Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas (artistsworkshopgallery.com) and on Facebook; at AWG, he also serves as Co-Curator. In 2016 he was appointed to the Advisory Arts Committee for the City of Hot Springs.
Michael is also a museum professional, retired in 2013 as Curator and Program Director at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, Virginia, a position he held since October 2004. Prior to his work in Hampton Roads, Michael was Deputy Director for Programming at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. He has held senior curatorial positions at the Arkansas Arts Center, Portland Museum of Art, Maine, and the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, among others.
He also served as guest curator for the William Baziotes exhibition at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy (2003-2004) and is currently Editor of the William Baziotes Catalogue Raisonné project.
He holds a BA in Art History from Cornell University and an MA in Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills, with graduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and UCLA.
He is married to Anne Guthrie, former historic and city planner. Having moved from Virginia, they now live in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with their vizslas Sofie and Jake. Both Anne and Michael have taken up archery. Michael calls New Orleans home, where he grew up and attended Newman School.