Christopher Pratt

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Christopher Pratt
Born John Christopher Pratt
(1935-12-09) 9 December 1935 (age 79)
St. John's, Newfoundland
Nationality Canadian
Education Mount Allison University
Known for Painting Printmaking
For other people named Christopher Pratt, see Christopher Pratt (disambiguation).

John Christopher Pratt CC (born 9 December 1935) is a Canadian painter and printmaker.

Christopher Pratt first started painting watercolours in 1952. In 1953 he attended Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick as a student in pre-medicine. At Mount Allison he quickly became interested in Fine Arts, especially painting. He was encouraged to paint by Lawren P. Harris and Alex Colville. Pratt met his future wife at Mount Allison, artist Mary West.[1] They married in 1957, and have 4 children: John, Barbara, Anne and Edwin. He and Mary separated in 1990.

From 1957-1959 Pratt studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. During the summers, he returned to Newfoundland to work as a construction surveyor at the American Naval Base at Argentia. The training he received in precise measuring was applied to his paintings. In 1959 Pratt returned to Mount Allison University to complete in 1961 a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. During this period he began to make silkscreen prints. The early screen print Boat in Sand, 1961 in the National Gallery’s collection was produced at this time and included in the Gallery’s fourth Biennial Exhibition.[2]

In 1961, Pratt accepted the position of curator at the newly opened Memorial University Art Gallery in St. John's. He remained at the gallery for two and a half years before deciding to concentrate on his painting full-time, moving his family to Salmonier, Newfoundland.[3]

Pratt was the subject of a major touring retrospective organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1985, a touring print retrospective and catalogue raisonné, The Prints of Christopher Pratt: 1958-1991 in 1992, and a major traveling exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Canada in 2005.[4]

Throughout his career, Pratt has received many awards and honours. In 1965, at the age of 30, Pratt became an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts[5] (ARCA) and a member of the Canadian Society of Graphic Art. In 1969, he was a member of the Canada Council Visual Arts Jury. In 1973 Pratt was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 1983 he became a Companion of the Order.[6]

Pratt has served on many committees and councils, including the Federal government's Stamp Design Advisory Committee (1972–1975) and the Board of the Canada Council for the Arts (1975–1981). In 1980, Pratt designed the Provincial Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador.[7]

Pratt's work is found in many public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, The Rooms, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Christopher Pratt currently lives and works in St. Mary's Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. He is married to artist Jeanette Meehan.[citation needed]

His works include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Life and Times". cbc.ca. 
  2. ^ "Christopher Pratt". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Christopher Pratt". heritage.nf.ca. 
  4. ^ "Mira Godard Gallery Artists: Christopher Pratt". Mira Godard Gallery. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Christopher Pratt". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Christopher Pratt". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 

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