Mike Pratt’s recent work maintains echoes of Art that has been rescued from a process of aesthetic assimilation into the commonplace: The curvilinear forms of ‘Modern Art’ appropriated by the once fashionable designers of extravagant 1950s Miami hotels and pools, and endlessly re-appropriated since, eventually trickling down to the aspirational forms of the garden centre or diy warehouse. Pratt's stickily saturated glazed surfaces oscillate between high finish and a scatological methodology; embodying the erotics of disgust through their equal propensity to repulse and entice.
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, in 2014 he completed a two-year postgraduate programme at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and In 2016 he won the Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst - the prestigious Royal Award for Modern Painting - a major national art prize in Holland.
Solo exhibitions include Deep Pond, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, 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. Mike Pratt currently lives and works in Glasgow and Amsterdam
Mike PrattWORKPLACE, Gateshead 18 Jan - 13 Mar 2020 GatesheadWorkplace is excited to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by Mike Pratt. Based upon documentation of a rug made by the Dada artist Hans Arp (1886 - 1966), these works have been silk-screen printed in collaboration with the artist's father, a printmaker, before being painted over by Pratt....
The Baffled ChefTatjana Pieters, Ghent 16 Sep - 21 Oct 2018Mike Pratt is interested in an expanded view towards painting, combining unconventional materials with a sensibility towards describing a certain moment. These new series of works are the result of a year and a half’s production in the studio. At the beginning the majority of the works started as forms...
FIGURE FOUR: Jacob Dwyer and Mike PrattBALTIC 39, Newcastle, U.K. 15 - 19 Feb 2017BALTIC 39 | FIGURE FOUR is the fourth iteration of the open submission exhibition which offers a platform for artists to test works and ideas, or to develop works in progress within a public context. Jacob Dwyer and Mike Pratt Curiosities and queries about the artists’ practice that arose during...
A Deeper PondJuliette Jongma Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 2 Sep - 22 Oct 2016The works on show are the result of a recent Holiday to Bali. Sketched from a poolside lounger and soothed by the scent of sunscreen. A garden wall appears unfinished and fallen palm leaves circle a damp towel. There’s a camouflaged lizard, some resting rubble and a wall lit by...
Mike Pratt: Love Songs Dedicated to the Back of Somebody's Head30 Apr - 28 May 2016 GatesheadWORKPLACE is pleased to announce Love Songs Dedicated to the Back of Somebody’s Head - the second solo exhibition of Mike Pratt at Workplace Gateshead.
DOT DOT DOT DASHWORKPLACE GATESHEAD 21 Nov 2015 - 30 Jan 2016 GatesheadA well-known Morse code rhythm from the Second World War period derives from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, the opening phrase of which was regularly played at the beginning of BBC broadcasts. The timing of the notes corresponds to the Morse for 'V'; di-di-di-dah and stood for 'V for Victory' (as well...
Mike Pratt: The Meeting of Two EyebrowsWORKPLACE LONDON 21 Nov 2014 - 31 Jan 2015 LondonWorkplace Gallery is pleased to announce The Meeting of Two Eyebrows first solo exhibition of Mike Pratt at Workplace London comprising an installation of recent sculpture and painting made during the summer of 2014. 'All of the works are loosely based around the theme of the torso, with the waxcast...
Satellite SatelliteWORKPLACE LONDON 11 Oct - 15 Nov 2014 London
SleeperWORKPLACE LONDON 14 Oct - 23 Nov 2013 London
Mike Pratt: Good Mourning BellWORKPLACE GATESHEAD 15 Jan - 12 Feb 2011 GatesheadPratt's work confronts the established conventions of painting, through an immediate and unashamedly direct indulgence in painting as an activity in its own right, combined with an ethically questionable position of borrowing, remaking and 'wrongful' appropriation. Authenticity, style and the cycle of assimilation that exists both within contemporary art and...
Psychic GeographyWORKPLACE GATESHEAD 22 Jan - 20 Feb 2010 GatesheadWorkplace Gallery is pleased to present Psychic Geography a group exhibition of new and existing works by nine diverse artists. The exhibition includes collage, painting, photography, sculpture, and video that examines the interaction between spaces and people, places and identity. In a new series of collages by Eric Bainbridge, base...
Born 1987 Seaham, UK, Lives and works in Glasgow, UK and Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012 – 2014 De Ateliers, Amsterdam
2006 - 2009 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Northumbria University
'Love Songs Dedicated to the Back of Somebody's Head'
30 April - 28 May 2016
Workplace Gateshead, UK
Mike Pratt 'Deep Pond' 17 January - 28 February, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam
17 January - 28 February
'The Meeting of Two Eyebrows'
21 November 2014 - 31 January 2015,
Workplace London, UK
‘Rubberhead/Rubbernecking’, B.M.W. Edinburgh Annuale. UK.
Workplace Gallery, Los Angeles Contemporary, The Barker Hanger. USA.
Good Mourning Bell, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK
Cumberland Sausage, Extraspazio, Rome
The Manchester Contemporary, UBIS Building, Manchester, UK
HUBBA HUBBA, Satellite, Newcastle
Nathan Azhderian, Mike Pratt, Just Quist, Florian & Michael Quistrebert, S.L. Martinez
16 May - 13 June, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam
'Dot Dot Dot Dash'
Jennifer Douglas, Joel Kyack, Rachel Lancaster, Paul Merrick, Mike Pratt
21 November 2015 - 30 January 2016 Workplace Gateshead
Tanya Axford, Eric Bainbridge, Darren Banks, Sophie Lisa Beresford, Catherine Bertola, Cath Campbell, Hugo Canoilas, Joe Clark, Marcus Coates, Jo Coupe, Jacob Dahlgren, Jennifer Douglas, Peter J. Evans, Laura Lancaster, Rachel Lancaster, Paul Merrick, Mike Pratt, Richard Rigg, Cecilia Stenbom, Matt Stokes, Wolfgang Weileder, 11 October - 15 November 2014 Workplace London
'Riff/Rift', Baltic39, High Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
Sleeper, Workplace London, Conduit Street, Mayfair, London
Right Eye, Left Eye, V8 Plattform für neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany
Title, NewBridge Space, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Theatrical Dynamics, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, USA
Jesmonite on Paper, Malgras Naudet, Manchester, UK and A3 Project Space, Birmingham
New Lights, Mercer Gallery, Harrogate, UK
BCN Collection, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK
Nice Paintings, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK
ROTATE, Contemporary Art Society & Shortlist Media, London
SPECTRUM, NewBridge Space, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
The Armory Show, New York, USA with Workplace Gallery
aggetti - progettazioni - proiezioni - prominenze - protuberanze – sporgenze, Extraspazzio, Rome
NADA Art Fair, Miami, USA
Manchester Contemporary, Manchester, UK
JAMBON, Moving Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Captain of all Pleasures, EMBASSY Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
Volta Art Fair, New York (with Imperfect Articles)
Psychic Geography, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK
‘JAMBON’, Cobalt Studios, Newcastle, UK
Some people deserve everything they get, The Royal Standard, Liverpool, UK
Free Range, The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, UK
Northumbria University Fine Art Degree Show, Newcastle, UK
Graduate Studio Award Northumbria University 2009
Paul Mason sculpture prize 2009
Private Collections UK, USA, Italy
Tyne & Wear Museums Collection, UK
Business Collectors Network, UK
Benjamin Fallon, “I Love hadrian’s Wall”, Left eye Right Eye Publication.
Paulette Terry Brien, “Looking for a full stop in the work of Mike Pratt”, Spectrum Almanac 01, May 2011.
Onpaper Exibart, June"Extraspazio, Roma"
Art LA Contemporary30 Jan - 2 Feb 2014
Art LA Contemporary24 - 27 Jan 2013
Art Los Angeles Contemporary19 - 22 Jan 2012
NADA Art Fair - Miami 20111 - 4 Dec 2011
The Armory Show - New York 20113 Mar - 6 Apr 2011
NADA Art Fair - Miami 20102 - 5 Dec 2010
The Manchester ContemporaryManchester, UK 25 - 27 Sep 2009