Mary Pratt


Spending her life and career in Newfoundland, Mary Pratt (1935–2018) was one of Canada’s foremost figurative painters. She is renowned for her vibrant and meticulous depictions of commonplace objects, people and domestic interiors. With a focus on still life, Pratt captures seemingly banal scenes of domestic life with near photographic precision, enriching her subjects with an undisputed mastery of light and color.

While Pratts body of work contains numerous “cozy” subjects, there is often an undercurrent of menace, mortality, or vanitas.

“Study for Eviscerated Chickens” is the preparatory drawing for a painting of the same name, currently in the permanent collection of the Memorial University of Newfound. This bold work on paper marks the artist’s transition in portraying the less palatable realities of domesticity. Pratt renders the eviscerated chickens with palpable tension as she reveals the intricacies of their protruding cartilage. A dainty floral wallpaper flutters across the page, serving as a lively backdrop to this otherwise grotesque scene.

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This is an exceptional drawing from Pratt's formative years and presents a rare opportunity to acquire a piece from one of Canada's most accomplished artists.

Pratt’s work can be found in every major public collection across the country and beyond, including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Beaverbrook Gallery and Canada House (London).

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Study for Eviscerated Chickens

Canada, 1971

Pencil on paper

Signed by the artist

11.5H 17.5W (visible)

15.75H 21.25W (framed)

Very good condition


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