Art Under the Influence: Mary Pratt

Mary Pratt (born 1935), drawing: Hon. William John West, Q.C. of Coles Island, 1969, graphite on paper, gift of the Honourable William John West, 1975 (1975.34.1a)

Mary Pratt (born 1935) drawing: Hon. William John West, Q.C. of Coles Island, 1969 graphite on paper Gift of the Honourable William John West, 1975 (1975.34.1a) © 2019 All Rights Reserved Queens County Heritage

In 1969, the Honourable William West’s daughter, well-known Canadian artist Mary Pratt gave two drawings to our collection.  One of her father, shown here, and one of her father’s judicial colleague and fellow Queens County boy, the Honourable Arthur Reid Slipp.  Mary Frances Pratt, was born 15 March 1935 in Fredericton, New Brunswick and specializes in still life realist paintings.  She attended Mount Allison University, studying Fine Arts under such famous painters as Alex Colville and Lawren P. Harris.  While at Mount Allison, Mary met her husband, prominent Newfoundland artist, Christopher Pratt and following their marriage, she moved to Newfoundland.

For over 50 years Mary Pratt has moved audiences throughout Canada with her paintings.  Exhibitions, awards, publications and even a stamp in 2007 are among the successes of her career.  Her paintings have been exhibited in major galleries throughout Canada, reproduced in magazines such as Saturday Night, Chatelaine, and Canadian Art, and featured on billboards, in cookbooks, and on the covers of books and magazines. Her paintings are featured in many prominent public, corporate, and private collections, including those of the National Gallery of Canada, The Rooms, the New Brunswick Museum, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Canada House in England.  Queens County Heritage is fortunate to possess the two 1969 drawings of her father, Judge West, and his friend, Judge Slipp.

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