GEORGE PRATT Sculptor in Stone
GEORGE PRATT is a professional sculptor in stone practising in British Columbia, Canada. He was born at Minden, Ontario in 1939. He has lived in most areas of Canada including the arctic. Eventually settling in Toronto, he was there introduced to the stone-carving arts under E.B. Cox in 1970. He moved to Vancouver in 1975 and thence to Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast in 2005.
Pratt’s works are carved in granite, marble, jade and other exotic ornamental stones of Canada. His work is widely collected in North America by private individuals and corporations. Large works commissioned for public display in Canada are:
TERRY FOX MEMORIAL - Port Coquitlam, B.C.
THE SEDNA SCULPTURE - Toronto, Ontario
THE BUILDERS - Calgary, Alberta
SALMON RIVER - Burnaby, B.C.
THE SINGING FROG - Burnaby, B.C.
PAN, God of the Fields and Forests - Haliburton, Ontario
REJUVENATION - Burnaby, B.C.
A CAWCUSS of CROWS - Burnaby, B.C.
The SUNDIAL - Sechelt, B.C.
ALASKA VETERANS MEMORIAL – Mt. McKinley, Alaska
THE SUNDIAL - City of Guangzhou, China
As well, Pratt has sculpted many presentation works for foreign dignitaries, notably:
HRH PRINCE PHILIP
HON. MARY ROBINSON, President, Republic of Ireland
HON. KIM YOUNG SAM, President, Republic of Korea
HON. CORAZON AQUINO, President, The Philippines
BORIS YELTSIN, President, The Russian Federation
WM. CLINTON, President, The United States
JIANG ZEMIN, President, The People’s Republic of China
HALIBURTON SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
Faculty member - annual courses in stone sculpture, 1988 through 2009.
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES GOVERNMENT
Instruction to Inuit carvers using marbles found in the Arctic. Five courses from 1988 to 1991.
INDIAN ARTS & CRAFTS SOCIETY OF BC
A course for Kwakiutl and Gitksan carvers in 1980. This course resulted in commissions for stone carvings for the Parliament Buildings for the carvers involved.
NORTHWEST STONE SCULPTORS ASSOCIATION
Instructor for eleven summer symposia—1988 to 2000.
WEST COAST STONE SCULPTORS ASSOCIATION
Instructor for ten summer symposia—1997 to 2007.
VANCOUVER BOARD OF TRADE
Sculptor in Residence from June 1986.
VANCOUVER SPRING - ADVANCED COURSE IN CARVING TECHNOLOGY.
2014 - 2015.
... so every carpenter and workmaster, that laboreth night and day; and they that cut and grave seals ... the smith also, working by the anvil, the potter sitting at his wheel ... all these trust to their hands; and every one is wise in his work. Without these a city cannot be inhabited ... they will not be sought for in public council, nor sit high in the congregation ... but they will maintain the state of the world and their desire is in their craft.
ECCLESIASTICUS 38, 27-34
I take a great interest in our FAMILY GENEALOGY, particularly as it relates to the social history of our ancestors’ time. So far, most research has centred on my father’s maternal lineage i.e., the Munro clan. I’ve linked to it HERE. Take a look . . .