Mary Pratt

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'A visual artist is born with a desire to find what is right, what is perfectly pleasing to the eye and brain and sense of textures — design,rhythm,etc. To find intellectually — to find sensuously — to find a personal calligraphy.' — November 20, 1994 From Mary Pratt  'The epigraph and author's biography were originally published in A Personal Calligraphy C 2000 by Mary Pratt. Reprinted by permission of Goose Lane Editions.'

Mary Pratt grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and took her degree in Fine Arts at Mount Allison University. In 1959, she moved to Newfoundland. She had her first solo exhibition at Memorial University Art Gallery in 1967 and has since exhibited in Canada’s most influential galleries. In 1995, the exhibition The Art of Mary Pratt: The Substance of Light opened at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, and it drew record-breaking crowds on its tour of Canada. The accompanying book won regional, national, and international awards and was included in Great Canadian Books of the Century.

One of Canada’s favourite painters, Mary Pratt is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, and she holds eight honorary degrees. In 1997 she received the Canada Council Molson Prize for the Arts. Her paintings are featured in many prominent public, corporate, and private collections, including those of the National Gallery, the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Canada House in England.

SCA honourary membership - listen to the presentation

Interview with CBC's Beth Macdonell

Interview - Mart Pratt The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright CBC Radio

Renowned Newfoundland and Labrador artist Mary Pratt will be celebrated in a 50-year retrospective exhibition that will open at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in June 2013, then tour Canada until January 2015. Mary Pratt May 11 – September 8, 2013 Level 3 Reception, Friday, May 10, 7:30pm

Masterpiece in Focus: An Interview with Mary Pratt  By NGC Staff on May 12, 2015