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David Pratt

I started creating art when I was a kid, and I continue to go through phases of creation with wild abandon followed by periods of organizing what has newly arrived. All of my art is part of an ongoing/on-growing whole, but each phase may appear distinct and different from others. Most often, I make visual art with photography, painting, collage, drawing and most recently, digital art - but I sometimes pick up bits of wood and begin to play or find a random object in a thrift store that invites me to alter it.

For the past year, I've become intrigued with layering my photographs into collages, weaving patterns and seeing relationships from the minuscule details to the larger whole. The Illuminated Codex of The Sacred Valley is one example of this approach, and I intend to keep working with this for quite a while. I have a portfolio of about 90,000 photographs that I draw from, most of them nature-based - sometimes shots I took in my own garden and other times brick-work on a side street alley in Nazareth, Israel or close-up of a poppy I met on a cliff above the Pacific ocean.

Sometimes celebrate the spark I experience when I introduce digital work to earthy, natural pigments like clay paint and India ink. I use my photography, which I sometimes digitally alter and print and then paint and add ink. Sometimes I repeat this process many times. This particular style of digital art and photography fusion I've developed feels like a modern variation of frottage, the technique of making rubbings with charcoal, chalk, etc... over textured surfaces. In its own way, this version of frottage creates random textures and patterns. These draw me into a relationship of unexpectedness, surprise and new discoveries that I sometimes liken to work with Rorschach ink blots or the play of cloud-watching. I aim to preserve not knowing in the dynamic towards knowing, obscurity and vagueness in the dynamic dance towards defining recognizable forms - faces, birds, houses... My final pieces end up laden with images that are often not immediately evident to viewers...And sometimes I just paint!

 

Additionally, I am an ongoing student of natural building, using clay plasters, strawbale and cob to sculpt and build structures. I am fascinated to see how to bring materials from these often ancient and functional building techniques into conversation with a laptop, camera, phone and me.

 

In recent years, I've had 3 solo shows, two at Yoga Central in Canton, Ohio - an artcentric studio aimed at nurturing people from the roots up. Another solo show was at Wild Goose Creative, a gallery in Columbus, Ohio that actively lives its mission to build creative community year-round. Since the beginning of 2023 I've also exhibited and sold work at The Screw Factory Artist Lofts in Lakewood, Ohio. In 2022, I opened a small gallery in our retreat center (www.truenatureretreat.com) & named that space "Green Tiger." My work is in private collections throughout the U.S. and has just recently begun to find its way to other countries too.

 

A note on reproductions: I've searched out the highest quality printing I can find. The archival prints you can buy here are the absolute best for depth of color, detail and longevity. Paired with texturally-rich papers, this combination creates vivid colors and extremely high lightfastness. The process produces giclee and  photo prints that will last up to 200 years for color and 400 years for black-and-white. I’m especially fond of using sturdy watercolor papers and canvas for prints of art.  https://www.dxprattartist.com

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