Pratt is often described as a "Newfoundland" artist. This is not simply because Pratt was born,
raised and has always lived in Newfoundland. While this makes him "from" Newfoundland, it is the
subjects that inspire him that make his work "Newfoundland" art. The sea, the distinct features of
the province's landscape, boats, and of course Newfoundland's unique architecture all tell us that
Pratt is most inspired by things he has experienced in Newfoundland. As Newfoundland has changed,
so has the nature of Pratt's subject matter. Compare Sheds
in Winter , with Benoit's
Cove: Sheds in Winter. What makes Benoit's Cove: Sheds in Winter a Newfoundland painting?
While the subject of a painting need not be physical - an idea can by a subject - in this section works are grouped by the physical subject matter. Within each group, you will notice that there are many other ways to categorize the work. Ways that you may prefer. Whether you look at the work subject by subject, or browse through the entire gallery, you may find it more interesting to group works by ideas. Consider how many works deal with Pratt's home, how many with the idea of emptiness or abandonment, how many with things that are hidden or just beyond your view. How many are of the ocean, how many of industrial buildings? You might also look at the dates of particular works and compare them with the timeline. What was he painting when he was 40? Is it very different from the work he did when he was 50? Did important events in his life have any impact on his work? Why does he return to the same or similar subject matter again and again?