New at The Rooms

Mary Pratt  June 13 – September 1, 2013

Renowned Newfoundland and Labrador artist Mary Pratt will be celebrated in a 50-year retrospective exhibition that will open at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in June 2013, then tour Canada until January 2015.

Beginning in the mid-1960s, Mary Pratt became fascinated by light on the surfaces of everyday objects in her home. She began to create powerful oil paintings; the first in this genre, Supper Table (1969) will be in this exhibition. Other iconic works to be included are Jelly Shelf (1999), Eviscerated Chickens (1971) and Service Station (1978).

Nuance of tone, brushstroke, angle and choice of subject leave viewers of Mary Pratt’s images with a sense of wonder and sometimes unease. Highly contemporary yet rooted in the traditions of art history, Mary Pratt’s work reveals the breadth of emotion, skill and maturity this artist brings to her practice.

Mary Pratt the exhibition is a project by The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage, Museums Assistance Program.

Image: Mary Pratt, Salmon on Saran, 1974, oil on board, 45.7 x 76.2 cm.
Collection of Angus and Jean Bruneau.


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