This tranquil Beachscape painting, titled verso ‘Seapiece near Taree, NSW’ is by the respected Australian artist Douglas Fieldew Pratt O.B.E (1900-1972). His works are held in the collections of major Galleries around Australia, including the Art Gallery NSW, Art Gallery S.A and the National Gallery of Victoria, as well as in private collections.
Painted plein air on an overcast beach day…with beautiful greys in the clouds, white caps breaking, and the reflection upon the wet sand of a fading light.
Born in 1900 Katoomba NSW to a church minister father, Douglas Fieldew Pratt spent his early years in the Blue Mountains and grew up travelling around the country, as his father ministered in various rural congregations (Barossa Valley S.A & Victoria). His love of the Australian landscape formed in these early years and would stay with him for life.
He became a surveyor and served in WW1. During the Great Depression of the 1930’s, when surveying work dried up; Pratt turned to his love of drawing and etching and discovered he could support his wife and three children during these tough years, selling his works; a career as a full time artist had begun. He studied at the Royal Art Society and learnt the craft of etching from Sydney Long, one of his biggest influencers at that time.
After his service in WW2 Pratt turned to colour, predominately painting landscapes in oils, plein air. It is what he loved most ‘feeling the link between self and nature’.
Douglass Pratt painted and exhibited extensively around Australia and became the Vice President of the Royal Art Society NSW as well as being appointed in 1953 to the Commonwealth Government Art Advisory Board which he served upon until his death in 1972. He was awarded an O.B.E for his services to the Arts.
Oil on board, beautiful original frame with old Sydney gallery sticker to the reverse.
Signed lower right, Douglass Pratt.
Measures including frame: 66cm wide, 56.5cm high.
Good condition with some mild craquelure RHS and minor loss to the frame (see pics).