Saturday, July 12, 2008

Chan Pratt Found Dead

By Sasha L. Lightbourne

Artist Chan Pratt, 44, was found dead at Colony Club on St. Albans Drive off West Bay Street, apparently from stroke or heart attack.

Mr. Pratt owned a nursery called The Tree Depot.

Local websites described Mr. Pratt as "a truly unique creative force in the world of art." He was known to be among the Bahamas’ foremost artists, and recognized as influential and important in the development of Bahamian art.

He was the son of Captain George C. Pratt and Mavis Tynes, and was born on September 29, 1963 in Nassau, Bahamas.

Mr. Pratt started out by working in a local bank but then pursued a career in art under the tutelage of artist Eddie Minnis.

Over the years Mr. Pratt became a prominent artist in his own right. His unique style of painting, using the palette knife, was said to have brought his paintings to life by giving them a three dimensional effect.

Mr. Pratt's work adorns the walls of homes of art collectors around the world.

In 1993, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham presented the then-President of the United States Bill Clinton with a Chan Pratt painting as a gift from the Bahamian people.

The painting still hangs the walls of the White House.

Police do not appear to believe foul play was a factor, and the Journal understands Mr. Pratt’s family has been informed of the tragedy.