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James Pratt

James Pratt is a world renowned palette knife artist and is considered to be one of the “Modern Masters.” James was born in Wellington, New Zealand and moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980’s.

James and his wife, Beverly, are now living in a country home outside of Charleston, South Carolina. When not in South Carolina, they enjoy spending time at their home in Southern France.

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Fishing Boat in Bages, France
Oil on canvas
14" x 11"

When referring to Pratt’s art, his admirers say, “You have either been there or you want to go there.”

As a prominent fine art collector writes: “The work is very full of life and color and causes the viewer to feel inspired to want to travel, visit and have this kind of an experience. If not actually travel, then to enjoy that special adventure, vicariously, through the paintings he has created.”

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Girl on a Swing
Oil on canvas
16" x 12"

While at his home in southern France, James spends time traveling to the village marketplaces, sea ports, and cafes throughout Europe where he carefully composes scenes through the lens of his digital camera and then sketches the mood and scenes in either pencil or watercolor. Upon returning to his studio, he puts palette knife to canvas.

James was introduced to art at a young age by his father, who was a very accomplished artist. His life has always revolved around design and creativity. He worked as an International Marketing Director while in New Zealand and the U.S. before beginning his professional art career.

“I've been blessed with this profession and my wife, Beverly, who encouraged me to focus on my painting.”

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Medieval Town
Oil on canvas
30 " x 24"

His work sells through private and public collections in the United States, Europe and Australasia. He was also a featured artist on board the Princess Cruises while traveling to many of the world’s Ports of Call.

James is also a popular teacher for those who want to learn more about how to paint with the palette knife, conducting private lessons at his studio in Meggett and public workshops at various locations.


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James Pratt painting in his studio

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