Austin Pratt, Smoke Reflects, oil on linen, 60" x 48", 2022
Austin Pratt's abstract paintings are based on organic abstraction, drawing inspiration from the micro and granular levels of rock and plant patterns and textures to the grandeur of the Great Basin landscape's space, sky, and history.
Pratt is inspired by the mirage of a horizon line, the time of day, and a location, but he doesn't give the landscape away directly. Instead, he provides many clues that invite the viewer to contemplate the meaning of the work. His paintings vibrate between elusive, near-recognizable images and real physical objects, creating a sense of mystery and intrigue that invites contemplation of the beauty and complexity of the natural world.