Frédéric Prat
French , born 1966
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Frédéric Prat produces large-scale, abstract canvases with monochrome backgrounds and bright acrylic forms. Prat emphasizes the overall relationships between color, surface, and line above individual gestures. Having studied with the artists Joel Kermarrec, Tony Grand, and Claude Viallat, Prat is shaped by the Support-Surface movement of the 1970s and the belief that art should refer to itself rather than history or real-life events. Prat’s art attracts but does not guide the viewer’s gaze, allowing each painting to be interpreted as a cohesive whole. The artist is influenced by Barnett Newman and Ad Reinhardt’s paintings, which function as whole objects and embody what Prat calls “truth” in art.

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