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The Lynx, n.d.
photolithography on paper, ed. 52/100
overall: 40 x 60 cm
Gift of John F. Petch Family
Christopher Pratt was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1935. After enrolling in a pre-medicine programme at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, his interest in the arts led him to change the course of his studies. From 1957–1959, Pratt studied fine art in Glasgow, Scotland, then returned to Mount Allison to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1961. Pratt served a brief stint as curator at the newly-opened Memorial University Art Gallery; thereafter, he dedicated himself to a career as an artist. Pratt has become one of Canada’s best-known and beloved painters and printmakers. His art is a constant reflection of Maritime life, as he is deeply attuned with his identity as a Newfoundlander. In 1980, Pratt was commissioned to design Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial flag. He has received dozens of prestigious awards, and has been the subject of countless publications and numerous major retrospective exhibitions nationally and internationally. He remains a longtime resident of St. Mary’s Bay in Newfoundland.