Frédéric Prat is a French abstract painter born in 1966. His work is strictly non-figurative. He lives and works in Paris (France).
Prat received his diploma from the « Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts de Paris » in 1991. He studied with French artists Joel Kermarrec, Toni Grand and Claude Viallat.
In 2005, Prat evolved from oil painting to acrylic, which he has used exclusively since then. Prat paints on canvas (often of a fairly large size) or paper.
Frédéric Prat - installation shot, photo courtesy of the artist
Colour and material are the main subject matter of Prat’s painting. He voluntarily excludes any recognizable forms from his work. In this respect, it is difficult to not mention Prat’s close relationship with Supports-Surfaces, a French artistic movement from the 70’s who’s members claimed that «the purpose of a painting is the painting itself, and artworks only refer to themselves, not to anything external such as the artist’s personality, his life, or art history».
Indeed, Prat studied with one of Supports-Surfaces most prominent member, Claude Viallat. However, Prat’s main source of inspiration and favorite painters are abstract expressionists such as Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt, Willem de Kooning, as well as other American artists such as Kenneth Noland, Frank Stella, Hans Hoffman and Robert Ryman. « Those who, by their propositions, are in search of truth in painting and who consequently historically inscribe abstraction and painting as an object. (F. Prat) »
Frederic Prat - artworks, installation view
« There is such jubilation in Frédéric Prat's painting that it communicates irresistibly with the viewer! » (Marie-Claude Beaud, Director of Nouveau Musée National de Monaco)`
Prat’s work has been regularly exhibited during the last 10 years in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany.
A solo exhibition of his work has been organized in 2008 by the Mudam (Luxembourg’s national museum of contemporary art), which owns a number of his paintings and has been displaying them regularly since then.
Bernard Ceysson (Paris)