5 - 24 September 2013
about the exhibition
A consummate printmaker and drawer, John Pratt is primarily concerned with exploring how physical surroundings evoke various states of being – both of the mind and body. John has based his recent series of works on paper on a series of drawings of botanical fragments and small ground topographies found within his own back yard and adjoining nature reserve. The works explore ideas of growth, transience and morality and as John explains, “While the suburban garden or yard is often reduced to the familiar or overlooked, these drawings/prints through their intimate and close observation attempt to locate these ‘fragments’ within broader and more enduring themes”. John is masterful in exploiting the scope for strength and vitality offered by his chosen medium and he creates highly expressive and original works.
John Pratt is a highly regarded Canberra printmaker who has been exhibiting frequently in Australia and overseas for more than thirty years. He is a lecturer in the Printmedia and Drawing workshop at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University. John is represented in many collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Australian National University (Canberra School of Art Collection), State Library of NSW, Queensland Art Gallery, Print Council of Australia, KPMG, University of WA, Fremantle Art Centre, Central Queensland University and Latrobe University Art Gallery. This is John’s fifth solo exhibition at Beaver Galleries.