- Christopher Pratt, a well-known Canadian painter who designed the provincial flags of Newfoundland and Labrador, died at the age of 86.
- For more than 50 years, Pratt has been represented by Mira Godard Gallery in Toronto, celebrating 60 years of promoting Canadian art.
- In recognition of his vast body of work, Pratt was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1983 and a member of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2018.
Christopher Pratt, a well-known Canadian painter and the creator of Newfoundland as well as Labrador’s provincial flag, passed away at the age of 86.
According to a statement released later by his family, the artist died at his home on Newfoundland’s Salmonier River on Sunday.
“He was lauded as one of Canada’s finest painters and also printmakers from an early age, and he was faithful to his work throughout his life,” according to the statement. “He went to his studio every morning without fail until he could no longer get there under his own power. He showed us how to see and how to gaze. Every day, we will miss him.”
His brother, four children, eleven grandchildren, and 3 great survive him.
According to the family statement, Mary Pratt, his “best friend and also sometimes wife,” died in 2018.
Christopher Pratt was a painter and printmaker who focused on landscapes, architecture, and the human body.
Mira Godard Gallery in Toronto, which commemorates 60 years of fostering Canadian art, has represented Pratt for more than 50 years.
Gisella Giacalone, the owner, and director of Gisella Giacalone Productions, who had a close professional and personal relationship with Pratt, said she was “deeply grieved” by his passing.
“On top of it all, I’m a huge fan of his work; he was a passionate and accomplished artist,” she remarked.
She went on to say, “He’s one of Canada’s best painters, and he’s had a significant influence on Canadian art.” “He was a true artist, and I believe you can sense that in his work. He left a legacy of essential and unforgettable works that will live on in perpetuity.”
The Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada, The Rooms in St. John’s, and also the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia all have Pratt’s work on exhibit.
Pratt was invited to create the Newfoundland flag, which still flies today, in 1980 because of his strong feelings for his native province, which impacted his work.
“While he rarely admitted it, he was always happy to see his design soaring above private estates around the province, or proudly held aloft by Newfoundlanders as well as Labradorians around the world,” according to the family statement.
“He was unconcerned about what politicians thought, but he was thrilled and proud when Newfoundlanders and Labradorians adopted the flag as their own.”
Pratt created a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1983 and just a member of the Order of Newfoundland & Labrador in 2018 in appreciation of his enormous body of work.
Source: CTV News
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