Mary Frances Pratt

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Mary Frances Pratt

1935 -
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One of Canada's best known artists, Realist painter Mary Pratt was born in 1935 and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She first took art classes at the Art Centre at the University of New Brunswick, then completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts programme at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick in 1961. While there, she received instruction from well known Realist painter Alex Colville. In 1956 she moved to St. John's Newfoundland, and in 1957 married Realist painter Christopher Pratt. After stints in Glasgow, Scotland, they moved to Salmonier in Newfoundland in 1963.

In 1969, Pratt began to use slides as reference for her images. Her realist works, exquisitely descriptive of everyday objects and scenes of preparing and consuming food, are not just a surface representation, but point to aspects of life that are hidden. Pratt stated, "to me, the surface is the given reality - the thin skin that shapes and holds those objects, which we recognize as symbols. The fact of their place in the order of our lives is what I find most interesting." A sensual delight in light and colour is an important part of her images.

In 1992 Pratt moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, and began to teach at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. After divorcing Christopher Pratt in 2004 she married artist James Rosen in 2006 in St. John's.

Pratt's first solo exhibition was at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Art Gallery in 1967, and since then Pratt has exhibited extensively across Canada and her works are in many museum collections. Notable among her numerous shows are a 1981 retrospective touring show originating at the London Regional Art Gallery, a touring show that originated in 1995 at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and a 50-year touring retrospective organized by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia that tours from 2013 to 2015.

Pratt has an extensive list of honours - she has been given nine honorary degrees, and in 1996, was named a Companion of the Order of Canada. In 1997, she was awarded the Canadian Molson Prize from the Canada Council. She has served with non-profit boards such as the Canada Council, government committees, and cultural initiatives, and has been the subject of several books.



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The Florentine
13 x 21in 33 x 53.3cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $50,000 - $60,000 CDN
Sold for:   $59,000 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2015 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 26, 2015



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Yellow Pear on a Yellow Plate
18 x 27in 45.7 x 68.6cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $30,000 - $40,000 CDN
Sold for:   $59,000 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2014 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 28, 2014



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Gold Pear in Red
15 3/4 x 24in 40 x 61cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $30,000 - $35,000 CDN
Sold for:   $54,625 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2007 auction on Wednesday, May 23, 2007



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A Light Serving on Copper
16 x 24 7/8in 40.6 x 63.2cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $30,000 - $40,000 CDN
Sold for:   $49,725 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2009 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 26, 2009



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Points of Lemon
18 x 24in 45.7 x 61cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $25,000 - $35,000 CDN
Sold for:   $49,725 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2008 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 19, 2008



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Primary Fruit
22 x 25 3/4in 55.9 x 65.4cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $30,000 - $50,000 CDN
Sold for:   $35,100 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2010 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 25, 2010



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Reflecting on Granite and Grapes (00660/2013-03462)
42 1/2 x 45in 107.9 x 114.3cm
mixed media on paper

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $32,450 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2014 - Imperial Oil Limited Charity Auction auction on Saturday, November 08, 2014



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Jubilation of Cherries
24 x 17 3/4in 61 x 45.1cm
mixed media on paper

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $25,875 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2008 auction on Thursday, May 22, 2008



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Ginger Ale and Tomato Sandwich #1
26 1/4 x 17 1/4in 66.7 x 43.8cm
watercolour on paper

Estimate:  $12,000 - $16,000 CDN
Sold for:   $21,060 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2009 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 26, 2009



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Summer Fire
46 1/4 x 34 3/4in 117.5 x 88.3cm
watercolour, pastel and oil on paper

Estimate:  $12,000 - $16,000 CDN
Sold for:   $17,550 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2008 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 19, 2008


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