History of a Place (2019)
Photograph, chromogenic print
Ned Pratt’s artistic vision is the result of years of experience and a discerning eye for the superfluous and the essential. Pratt says of his work:
“Simple structures, whose beauty is more difficult to find in the surrounding landscape interest me. The subtle intrusion into the landscape such as stone cracked by freezing and thawing due to exposure to the elements, simple pole lines breaking a simple horizon line with almost indistinguishable tonal qualities, or a red stripe from a tractor parked on the roadside are images that inspire me; but it is the the landscape that endures; it is the landscape that remains in control.”
Ned Pratt was born and lives in Newfoundland & Labrador. He holds a BFA in photography from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a BA in art history from Acadia University. His photography has been exhibited at the former Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, PREFIX Photo, the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival (2012) and in Oh, Canada: Contemporary Art from North America at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (touring from 2012–16). He holds the 2017 Large Year Award from Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador for Excellence in the Visual Arts. His work has been written about in various publications, including Canadian Art, CBC Arts, Momus, and Mason Journal. Pratt’s photographs are held in major public and corporate collections across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia.