Christopher Pratt is one of Canada''s most prominent
painters and printmakers. His reputation was solidified with the
celebrated retrospective of his work at the National Gallery of
Canada in 2005.
The intense realism of Christopher Pratt''s art is, at first
glance, deceptively simple. But behind the recognizable images lie
deeper meanings. Pratt''s search for a reality that is magical and
mysterious gives his work its uncanny and haunting qualities. Since
the day in the mid-1950s when Pratt first saw the painting
Early Sunday Morning by the renowned American realist,
Edward Hopper, he has perfected his ability to represent the
qualities of natural and artificial light.
Pratt stands in the line of other great Canadian artists,
including Alex Colville, Lawren P. Harris, Jean Paul Lemieux and
Lionel LeMoine Fitzgerald, all of whom influenced him and the way
he represents the land. Others who figured in his development
include Americans Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Thomas Eakins.
The unique and beautiful island of Newfoundland, with its culture,
history, geography and weather, has also influenced his work.
This handsomely designed book, published in association with the
Art Gallery of Sudbury, traces Pratt''s development as a painter
and printmaker from his early watercolors through to the iconic
paintings of his mature years. It features more than 100 works, all
beautifully reproduced, many of which have never been published
Christopher Pratt was born in 1935 in St. John''s, Newfoundland.
He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and at Mount Allison
University, in Sackville, New Brunswick, and is universally
acknowledged as one of the most important Canadian artists of the
period. His work is included in the permanent collections of the
National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art
Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Musée d''Art Contemporain of Montreal
and Memorial University of Newfoundland, as well as in private and
corporate collections in North America and around the world. He is
represented by the Mira Godard Gallery in Toronto.
Pratt lives and works in the village of St. Mary''s Bay on the
Salmonier River in Newfoundland. Over the years, he has exhibited
both nationally and internationally, with exhibitions in New York
(1976); at Canada House Cultural Centre Gallery in London, England
(an exhibition that traveled to Paris, Brussels and Dublin in
1982-83); and at the 49th Parallel Gallery in New York (1988).