27 April – 14 May 2017
about the exhibition
Canberra artist John Pratt has returned to an exploration of the human form in space in this exhibition “Street”. His recent works on paper combine layers of dynamic visual elements that surround the figure in motion within the urban precinct. As John explains, “The street zone was like a stage with a broad repertoire of movement and intent- walking, running, conveying, waiting, conversing. While the role of the pavement as a relaxed transit zone prevailed, there was also at times a certain sense of urgency, uncertainty and even ‘flight’.” John has played the role of a quiet observer to the frantic figures on the street and, in doing so, shows great empathy to their state of being – both physically and mentally. The intense energy in his art, where disparate elements of woodblock, collage and drawing work in unexpected harmony, convey the joy that John finds working in his chosen medium.
John Pratt is a highly regarded printmaker who has been exhibiting frequently in Australia and overseas for many years. He has recently retired as a much loved lecturer in the Printmedia and Drawing workshop at the Canberra School of Art where he taught for just over thirty years. John is represented in many collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, State Library of NSW, Australian National University, Central Queensland University, Latrobe University, University of WA, Print Council of Australia and KPMG.