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Christopher Pratt

- “ I grew up in a community where there was no such thing as Art with a capital A.”
- “ I am a very slow worker that in any given year I don't get many things done.”
- “ I don't plan change. I am not aware of any evolution in my work until I've done it.”
- “ Generally in my work I proceed from ideas rather that from actual things.”

 Personal Information

   Christopher Pratt was born on December 9, 1935. He graduated from high school, and started painting water colours in 1952. Christopher Pratt was encouraged by his father and his grandfather who were also painters. Lauren P. Harris, the director of the school of Fine Arts wrote Christopher’s father about his son’s talent as a painter. Christopher Pratt married Mary West, and moved to Glasgow, Scotland where he enrolled in Glasgow School of Art. Christopher Pratt’s first silkscreen print was Haystacks in December in 1960. He travelled to New York with his aunt, visiting major art galleries and art schools. Christopher Pratt graduated from the B.F.A. program at Mount Allison. He moved to St.John’s, NFLD. Mary and Christopher Pratt had four children -John, Anne, Barbara, and Edwin Pratt. He studied with Alex Colville, another famous painter. Christopher Pratt is still living and painting in St. Mary’s Bay, NFLD.  


     Christopher Pratt`s subjects include Newfoundland landscapes, architecture, the female form, structures, figures and emblems.
     Pratt is known for an artist and known more as a Newfoundland artist. Most people say that it is his subjects he chooses which describes him.
     His first figure painting was Woman at a Dresser in 1964. These are Christopher Pratt`s subjects.

     Christopher Pratt is a Canadian Realist. He paints realistic and is known as a regional painter. He is one of Canada`s best known artists.
     He is well known for his serigraph prints and his powerful paintings that have strong emotions.
     His artwork is based mostly on memory. Pratt doesn't paint from photographs and when he does his figure work he sketches. The figure work that he does is always drawn from real life. First he does rough sketches. His objects are very tiny, they are about the size of a coin. Next he would get them enlarged, getting more detailed in the design. Few of his paintings have three or more objects. The objects are bare and set far apart. This is Christopher Pratt`s style.
Other Interesting Facts

- In 1953, Pratt won in the Newfoundland and Labrador competition for Shed in Storm.
- In 1954, Pratt won the Newfoundland and Labrador competition for Bait and Rocks and poetry.
- In 1980, Christopher Pratt designed the Newfoundland and Labrador flag.
- Pratt`s work is in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
- Pratt won the Mount Allison Literary competition for poetry and short prose.


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