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Victoria Regina, 1971

Christopher Pratt
Canadian, 1935
serigraph in red on wove paper
71 x 61 cm; image: 58.5 x 46.6 cm maximum irregular
Purchased 1972
National Gallery of Canada (no. 17056)
© Christopher Pratt

"I made the "Stamp" prints as souvenirs of Newfoundland: not Newfoundland as an island, its fauna and geography, but as a social, political, economic entity that has passed out of time." Pratt, whose interest in stamps was sparked by his father's collecting, has said that stamps have an appeal for him as "miniature works of art." The relationship between the original engraver, the mass-produced postage stamp, and Pratt's own printmaking is imbued with resonance. Has Pratt taken a populist item and, through his interpretation, elevated it to fine art or has he made an eclectic art form more popularly known?

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