Overview

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

Exhibitions
Biography

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

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016

'Love Songs Dedicated to the Back of Somebody's Head'

30 April - 28 May 2016

Workplace Gateshead, UK

 

2015

Mike Pratt 'Deep Pond' 17 January - 28 February, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam 

17 January - 28 February 

 

2014

'The Meeting of Two Eyebrows'

21 November 2014 - 31 January 2015,

Workplace London, UK

 

2013

‘Rubberhead/Rubbernecking’, B.M.W. Edinburgh Annuale. UK.

 

2012

Workplace Gallery, Los Angeles Contemporary, The Barker Hanger. USA.

 

2011

Good Mourning Bell, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

 

2010

Cumberland Sausage, Extraspazio, Rome

 

2009

The Manchester Contemporary, UBIS Building, Manchester, UK

HUBBA HUBBA, Satellite, Newcastle

 

Group Exhibitions

2016

'Lo and Behold' at Manifesta Foundation, Amsterdam
Nathan Azhderian, Arjan van Helmond, Kroot Jurak, Ursula Mayer, Mike Pratt, Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Nicholas Riis and Karen Sargsyan

 

'Touchy Feely'  

Nathan Azhderian, Mike Pratt, Just Quist, Florian & Michael Quistrebert, S.L. Martinez  

16 May - 13 June, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam

 

2015

'Dot Dot Dot Dash' 

Jennifer Douglas, Joel Kyack, Rachel Lancaster, Paul Merrick, Mike Pratt

21 November 2015 - 30 January 2016 Workplace Gateshead

 

2014

'Satellite Satellite'

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

 

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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

2010

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

2009

‘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

 

Prizes/Awards

Graduate Studio Award Northumbria University 2009

Paul Mason sculpture prize 2009

 

Collections

Private Collections UK, USA, Italy

Tyne & Wear Museums Collection, UK

Business Collectors Network, UK

 

Selected Bibliography

2013

Benjamin Fallon, “I Love hadrian’s Wall”, Left eye Right Eye Publication.

2011

Paulette Terry Brien, “Looking for a full stop in the work of Mike Pratt”, Spectrum Almanac 01, May 2011.

2010

Onpaper Exibart, June"Extraspazio, Roma"

 

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