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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: town-landscape painting, teaching, design

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Biography from Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc.:
David Foster Pratt (American, 1918-2010) Western New York artist, painter, instructor, draftsman and designer. Pratt is known for his landscape & cityscape watercolor and oil paintings, but also works in charcoal, conté and pencil. He has painted throughout the Western New York Area and the United States; in Pennsylvania, Vermont, Maine and Hawaii during his wartime service.


1918- Born January 11, Ithaca, NY.

1934-48- Worked as a restorer, carver and framer at the Carl Bredemeier Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

1935-40- Studied at the Art Institute of Buffalo, NY, with painter William B. Rowe and sculptor William Ehrich.

1939- Best Landscape in Oil, Western New York Exhibition, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

1940- First one-person exhibition, Twentieth Century Club, Buffalo, NY.

1941-45- Served in the U.S. Army during World War II (enlisted January 21, 1941, Buffalo, NY), stationed in the South Pacific.

1941- New York State Fair Purchase Award, Syracuse, NY.

1947- Taught creative painting at the Art Institute of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

1948- Solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Buffalo, NY.

1949-52- Served as Director at the Art Institute of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

1950-51- Assisted guest instructor Charles Burchfield at the Art Institute of Buffalo, and in 1951 attended painting seminar led by Burchfield at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. Cortland County Fair (Award, 1950), Cortland, NY. First prize for watercolor, Western New York exhibition, Albright Art Gallery (1951), Buffalo, NY.

1954- Watercolor Purchase Award, Butler Museum of American Art National exhibition, Youngstown, OH.

1955-82- Worked in the construction industry for the Frank L. Ciminelli Construction Company.

1981- Solo exhibition at the Artist’s Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

1990- Two-Person exhibition with Mary Ann Dean, Barbara Schuller Gallery & A.R.T., Buffalo, NY.

1991- Exhibited, Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

1992- Exhibited, “A Retrospective Exhibition 1939-1991”, Burchfield Art Center, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY.

1999- Exhibited, “David Pratt: A Portfolio”, Norberg’s Art Gallery, East Aurora, NY.

2003- Exhibited, Rural and Urban Morphology Gallery 164, Buffalo, NY.

2004- Exhibited, “Wet & Fresh: A Survey of Current Watercolor in Western New York”, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY. Exhibited, Richmond Memorial Library Gallery, Batavia, NY, and the Watercolor Synergy GoArt Gallery, Batavia, NY.

2005- Exhibited, Norberg’s Art Gallery, East Aurora, NY.

2006- Exhibited, “A Life in the Arts” series, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY.

2007- Exhibited, “The Vision of Watercolor”, exhibition of watercolors by the Pratt family (David Pratt, Michael Pratt, Sarah Tobin and Susan Rudnicky), the Burchfield Nature & Art Center Gallery, West Seneca, NY.

2010- May 22, participated in a panel discussion titled "Charles E. Burchfield Remembered" along with fellow artists Joe Orffeo, Wendy Warner and Burchfield's next door neighbor Jackie Albarella and others who knew and worked with Burchfield, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY. November 21, David passed away at his home at the age of 92 years old, Holland, NY.

Exhibited also at: The Patteran Society, Buffalo, NY; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Annually exhibited in Cortland, NY.

Collections: Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; David Anderson Art, Buffalo, NY.

Memberships: The Patteran Society, Buffalo, NY.

(Rewritten & compiled chronologically by Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., East Aurora, NY,, updated 11/2010, from sources: Our internal records; A Retrospective Exhibition 1939-1991, Burchfield Art Center, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, exhibition catalog, Nancy Weekly, Charles Cary Rumsey Curator, Burchfield Art Center, Buffalo, NY; Who was Who in American Art, by Peter Hastings Falk (editor), 1999;, military enlistment records, "U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946".)

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