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Christopher Pratt

Christopher Pratt

Born on December 9, 1935, in St. John’s. Lives and works in St. Mary’s Bay.

Celebrated Maritime realist painter Christopher Pratt’s artistic career had unlikely beginnings. Although he had early success in regional competitions for his watercolour paintings, it was only after pursuing study in pre-engineering and pre-medicine that he turned to art as a serious area of study in 1953. Encouraged by Mount Allison University teachers Alex Colville and Lawren P. Harris, and by fellow painter Mary West, whom he married in 1957, Pratt honed his painting ability, attending the Glasgow School of Art between 1957 and 1959. Returning to Canada after that, Christopher and Mary Pratt both obtained their BFAs from Mount Allison in 1961. Pratt went on to work as a curator and educator, continuing to dedicate himself to his painting and printmaking practices. He has since been the subject of numerous national and international exhibitions, including a major travelling exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Canada in 2005. Pratt’s sense of civic responsibility manifests in his artistic practice: he designed the provincial flag of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1980, and he has sat on the federal government’s stamp advisory committee, as well as the board of the Canada Council for the Arts. In 1973, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 1983, a Companion of the Order. Pratt continues his practice from his home in St. Mary’s Bay.