Frédéric Prat organises really precisely the moves of colors as a choreographer. The seeming spontaneity of each artwork is actually the result of an extremely wise work - all the more so as the tools are reduced to the absolute minimum : a canvas, a background, forms and colours. This economical use of ressources is an asceticism and revealed in a very micropop and descriptive period, a painting lesson for the painting and this is actually particularly satisfying.
Marie-Claude Beaud, Mudam Director
Frederic Prat is a French abstract painter born in 1966. He lives and works in Paris, France. His work is strictly non-figurative. Graduated from the Ecole Nationales Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1992; He studied with French artists Joel Kermarrec, Toni Grand and Claude Viallat.
In 2005, Frederic Prat evolved from oil painting to acrylic, which he has been using since. He paint on canvas, ( often large ones) or on paper.
Colors and material are the main object of his painting. That's why, it is hard not to mention his close relationship with "Support-Surface", a French art movement from the 1970s, whose members affirmed that "the purpose of a painting is painting itself, and the artworks refer only to themselves, to nothing external such as the personality of the artist, his life, or the history of art".
The main inspiration and favorite painter of Frederic Prat 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.
In his pictorial research from 1966, the colored forms unfold on the plane of the painting and articulate with the monochrome backgrounds without their variation constituting a subject or a given interpretation.
Indeed the viewer can not detect any comment, or any symbolism. Rather, the painting, free from all references and rules of composition, manifests its presence as an object.
• Plateau TV, « Thé ou café », émissions des 4 et 12 novembre, 2017 conservées sur Youtube