Photo: Kerri Pratt in Derbyshire, East Midlands

Kerri Pratt

Early career

My practice is a personal response to objects and places using the medium of painting and print-making. I start with a formal approach using drawing and photography to investigate form, structure, texture and space. Inspired by travel and encounters with new places, most recently I have been working with a theme of the urban landscape. I am interested in the subconscious connections and relationships we make with things and places, and how visuals have the ability to trigger and recall hidden memories and tap into our emotions. Taking inspiration from my surroundings, I have a curiosity for architectural spaces, drawn towards unusual forms, patterns and hidden layers. In particular I like to draw attention to subtleties of the apparently insignificant, things that are taken for granted, overlooked, mundane and banal. By deconstructing the landscape through a drawing process I am finding new ways of 'seeing' and responding to the built environment. This practical research then translates through experimental painting techniques, using a controlled approach, but with unpredictable outcomes. My current abstract approach explores the painting process, investigating the manipulation of paint, surfaces, marks and colour, as I have become intrigued by the notion of the paint taking its own form. I have found that this is the point in my work where a transformation occurs, a combination of the known and unknown, opening up areas of creativity and thought that cannot be foreseen. My intention is never to produce a realistic, photographic image. Instead I want to make something that has an element of familiarity to intrigue and engage the viewer without fully revealing itself. Therefore there is an importance attached to the ambiguity that my work contains so that it can impact on people in different ways connecting with the viewers own experiences, thoughts and memories.

Location Derbyshire, East Midlands
Activities Practice-based research, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
Tags urban, landscape, abstract, architecture, painting, acrylic, contemporary, fine art, original, drawing

News & Events

  • Of a Place

    19/09/2015 – 15/11/2015
    Derby Museum & Art Gallery

    A solo exhibition of new paintings produced during the nine month residency period of The Biennial Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award

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  • Melbourne Festival

    19/09/2015 – 20/09/2015
    Assembly Rooms

    Made in Derbyshire Exhibition

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  • Wirksworth Festival

    12/09/2015 – 13/09/2015
    6 Cromford Road, Wirksworth (on the edge of town near The Lime Kiln Pub)

    Art & Architecture Trail

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  • Six Streets Art Trail

    27/06/2015 – 28/06/2015

    A glimpse of new work from The Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award

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  • Of a Place

    13/07/2015 – 23/07/2015
    The Dome, Buxton

    A snapshot of new work created for the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award

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  • Sense of Place

    01/07/2015 – 29/07/2015
    Evolve: Banks Mill Studios, Bridge Street, Derby

    A glimpse of new work produced for The Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award

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  • Ashbourne Festival: Summer Exhibtion

    19/06/2015 – 27/06/2015
    Town Hall, Ashbourne

    Invited artist

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    Harrington Mill Studios

    Viewing 2 - 5pm

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  • From where I was standing

    07/05/2015 – 25/07/2015
    DEDA Chapel Street, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3GU

    An exhibition of Kerri's current portfolio with paintings inspired by travel and personal encounters and experiences of new places, notably city environments.

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  • Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award 2014

    I have been awarded this fantastic opportunity to develop my work during a focused 9 month residency in my home county of Derbyshire, working from the Banks Mill Studios in Derby

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