Lot Sale Results

Christopher Pratt
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 053

Christopher Pratt
ARCA CSGA OC 1935 - Canadian

Sheep, Argentia #1
mixed media on paper
signed and dated 1993 and on verso titled on the gallery labels
6 3/4 x 10 5/8 in  17.1 x 27cm

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
Estate of Michel Moreault, Montreal

Christopher Pratt, Christopher Pratt: Personal Reflections on a Life in Art, 1995, page 69
Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Christopher Pratt: All My Own Work, National Gallery of Canada, 2005, page 56

The art of Christopher Pratt, a quintessential Newfoundland artist, reflects the land and the people of that place. Although we are accustomed to his vast landscapes and scenes of coastal life, depictions of animals are rare in Pratt's oeuvre. Referring to his 1971 silkscreen The Sheep, Pratt stated, "Sheep are omnipresent on the Southern Avalon: they wander the headlands and graze in meadows on the river flats; they lie by fences and against small red barns...to me they mean St. Mary's Bay." Contrary to this description, this later work, Sheep, Argentia #1, shows an ewe in a grey interior - perhaps an abandoned army bunker - facing to the side with a steady gaze. Argentia, on the southern Avalon Peninsula near St. Mary's Bay, was a US military base from 1941 to 1994. When the Americans arrived, the residents of the town were forced to relocate, and the base had what Pratt described as an "almost ghetto-like" atmosphere, with an "indifference to human values." Perhaps the recumbent sheep, no longer grazing in the untamed landscape of the peninsula, represents the artist's comment on this situation.

Estimate: $4,000 ~ $6,000 CAD

Sold For: $7,080.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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