Mike Pratt‘s work takes on a narrative approach using simple gestures and frank remarks. He is interested in the language of painting and the descriptive nature of forming images. The work references the everyday, taking allegorical remarks from the mundane nature of the subject. The artist is keen to express the physicality within painting, by combining unconventional materials and readymades together to form a wider vocabulary towards the medium. Mike’s practice is heavily led by material and process, often obscuring the subject and displaying a distance of uncertainty. He takes this as a viewpoint for the work to gain its own characteristics. His position whilst making is always to push and pull the outcomes, making space to rely on intuitive remarks. Ultimately the work stands as a portrait towards an emulated experience, describing a taste through a curiosity and a heavy-handed attitude.
Mike Pratt was born in 1987 in Seaham, North East England. He graduated from Northumbria University in 2009 where he was awarded the Paul Mason Sculpture Prize, and in 2014 he completed a two-year postgraduate programme at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In 2016 he was awarded the Royal Prize for Contemporary Painting. NL. Solo exhibitions include: A Deeper Pond, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Love Songs Dedicated to the Back of Somebody’s Head, Workplace Gateshead; Deep Pond, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam; The meeting of two eyebrows, Workplace Gallery, London; Rubberhead/Rubbernecking, B.M.W. Edinburgh; Good Mourning Bell, Workplace Gateshead; Cumberland Sausage Extraspazio, Rome; and HUBBA HUBBA, Satellite, Newcastle. Group Exhibitions include Satellite Satellite, Workplace London; Offspring de Ateliers, Amsterdam; Riff/Rift Baltic39, Newcastle upon Tyne; Right Eye, Left Eye, V8 Plattform für neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany; Theatrical Dynamics, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, USA; Jesmonite on Paper, Malgras Naudet, Manchester; Nice Paintings, Grundy Art Gallery, Captain of all Pleasures, EMBASSY Gallery Edinburgh, Some people deserve everything they get, The Royal Standard, Liverpool.