Christopher Pratt (1935-2022)
Lot 17 Details
Christopher Pratt (1935-2022), Canadian
LAUNCHING GREYLING, 1992
screenprint in colours on Rising museum board
signed, titled, dated and numbered 54/65
sight 17.5 x 33 in — 44.5 x 83.8 cm
This lot is located in Vancouver. Local pick up by special arrangement; shipment from Vancouver only.
Private Collection, Alberta
For Christopher Pratt, “boats symbolized the essence of Newfoundland and Labrador.” Though enraptured with boats from a young age, Pratt’s vessels are rarely depicted at ease in the water. The artist prefers to ground, hang, or overwinter them, removing them from of their natural surrounding and instead rendering them as abandoned, trapped or in waiting. Simultaneously serene and tense, “Launching Greyling” is quite literally in suspended animation, waiting to be launched.
Writing about a similar composition, Pratt explained that images like this “have less to do with sailing than with the boat itself: a sculpture, sleek and efficient, shark-like, hanging in straps being lowered into the water, suspended between the abstracts of conception, the mathematics of construction and reality