Nicholas Pratt

Nicholas Pratt – Sculpture and Drawing

I carve by hand in wood and stone, listening to the innate qualities of the raw material and to my memory of living forms. Recently I have found a good source of stone and have concentrated on using Italian Alabaster and Agata Scuro, which has a special luminosity and fragility, and Cornish Steatite, which has a darker depth of shadow. I like an asymmetrical twist with shapes interlocking and setting against each other, so creating a tension that pulls the sculpture into a new balance. The solid density of the material has an inner tension which becomes a source of energy.

In conjunction, I love to draw from life, being with animals and birds, watching, listening and trying to gain some understanding, making notes, making drawings that attempt to capture some of their particular dynamism. I may do many drawings but only one or two will really have the essence of what I have observed, the fleeting glimpse of a shift in movement. But still some part of the creature will seep in and what is revealed finds its way into the sculpture.


Born in London.

Studied at Kingston College of Art,

Guildford School of Art (animation),

West Surrey College of Art, Sculpture Degree.

Moved to Suffolk in 1983.

2013 Piers Feetham Gallery, London
2008 Piers Feetham Gallery, London
2002 The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth
1992 Chappell Galleries, Colchester
1990 Buckenham House Gallery, Southwold
1987 Orwell Bookshop, Southwold
1985 Steeple End Gallery, Halesworth
2002 - 2016
Piers Feetham Gallery,
London and Aldeburgh
Redfern Gallery, London,
Christmas Exhibition with Sandra Blow
Redfern Gallery, London,
Miami Beach Art Fair
2004 Buckenham House Gallery, Southwold
Serena Hall Gallery, Southwold
(1st Prize Winner)
2001 Buckenham House Gallery, Southwold
‘Zoo Sculpt’, London Zoo,
Regents Park, London
1998 Phoenix Gallery, Lavenham
1997 The Coach House, Southwold
Cambridge Contemporary Arts,
1996 Buckenham House, Southwold
1995 Gallery 44, Aldeburgh
1994 Gainsborough House, Sudbury
1993 Peter Piers Gallery, Aldeburgh
1990 Collection Gallery, London
1989 Binotti Gallery, Glasgow