Christopher Pratt is a Canadian painter and printmaker best known for his smoothly rendered realist paintings. Working primarily in a restrained palette of blues, greens, and neutrals, the artist depicts figures, interiors, and sparse Canadian landscapes. By discarding extraneous details, Pratt creates refined, idealized and still compositions.
Born on December 9, 1935 in St. Johns, Canada, he attended Mount Allison University to study medicine, though he quickly developed an interest in painting. Encouraged by fellow Canadian artists Lawren Phillips Harris and Alex Colville, Pratt went on to study at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. In 1985, he was the subject of a major travelling retrospective organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, and another in 2015 at The Rooms Gallery in Newfoundland. Pratt’s works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in British Columbia, and the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery in Alberta, among others. He lives and works in St. Mary’s Bay, Canada.