From our Director, Tom Smart:
With the passing of Christopher Pratt on June 5th, Canada lost one of its finest artists who spent his life interpreting the landscapes, seascapes and people of his beloved Newfoundland and Labrador.
His was an intense gaze that constantly searched for resonant visual metaphors of home and which also hinted at the complexity of life, his and ours.
Christopher’s compositions were tinged with wonder, rigorously ordered, and yet shrouded in a fearfully overwhelming sense of melancholy, mystery and longing.
What remains with us today is an enduring, radiant art that is a testament to Christopher’s unique capacity to stop time long enough for us to probe the infinite dimensions of the human experience.
Although diminished with his passing, Canadian art has been enriched by his titanic, creative mind.
Christopher lovingly embraced all that fell before his eyes and transformed it, as if by magic, into something eternal.
The Beaverbrook community mourns his loss and extends our sincere condolences to the Pratt family.
A memorial exhibition of Christopher Pratt’s works is set up in our Prints and Drawings gallery.