Emma Butler Gallery
111 GEORGE ST WEST | ST. JOHN'S NL | CANADA | A1C 6K2 | 709 739-7111 | emmabutlergallery@nl.rogers.com


Historical Works
Anne Meredith Barry RCA
Anthony Barton
David Blackwood RCA
Grant Boland
Patrick Canning
Alistair Drysdale
Lori Doody
Jean Claude Girardin
George Horan
Kathleen Knowling
John McDonald
Robert Mellin RCA
Shawn O'Hagan
Susan Paterson
Barbara Pratt
Christopher Pratt RCA
Mary Pratt RCA
Steven Rhude
Bill Rose
Jean-Claude Roy
Olaf Schneider
Dave Sheppard
Wally Shishkov
Lotti Thomas
Krista van Nostrand
Darren Whalen
Michael Young

CAKE

New Works by Barbara Pratt

Cakes fill the role of marking important milestones in our lives. Weddings, christenings, graduation days, retirements and even funerals all include cake in their rituals.

I have been a baker all my life and baking birthday cakes is something that I do. I find it hard not to, to be honest. I think it comes from my mother. My mother was a baker. She baked bread and biscuits, meringues, divinity fudge and beautifully decorated gingerbread men at Christmas and of course, birthday cakes. Once, when I was away at university, she even sent me a fully decorated cake in the mail. This continued throughout my life and when she found it too hard to do, she had a caregiver do it. Those last cakes weren't as perfect and even though they weren't made by her own hand, there was no less love in them. My mother knew cakes were important.

In 2018 my mother died.

In 2019, when I turned 56, I realized that, for the first time, there would be no cake. It was a hard day. It made me realize that baking a cake was, for my mother, an act of love. Thinking about it, I realized, too, that it's the same for me.

I've created this body of work to honour my Mother. You won't see her baking, but you will see some of mine and some of Maria Clarke's. My mother painted her baking and so now, I do the same. She has influenced me and continues to teach me. It is not a thing I could ever reject. I am of her.

- Barbara Pratt 2020

Afternoon Tea
Oil on canvas, 16 x 20

Cafe Mocha
Oil on canvas, 10 x 16

Chocolate Cake in a Cup
Oil on canvas, 12 x 16

Cupcake Under Glass
Oil on canvas, 24 x 16

Cupped Cake
Oil on canvas, 24 x 20

Flaming Cupcake
Oil on canvas, 16 x 24

Gumball
Oil on canvas, 16 x 24

Hundreds and Thousands
Oil on canvas, 24 x 16

Momofuku Birthday Cake
Oil on canvas, 16 x 24

One Cup of Tea
Oil on canvas, 16 x 20

Pink Gum Ball
Oil on canvas, 24 x 20

Prepared Pans
Oil on canvas, 42 x 30

Recollection of a Birthday Cake
Oil on canvas, 30 x 42

Tea Party
Oil on canvas, 12 x 16

Torching the Cake
Oil on canvas, 16 x 24

Winter Birthday
Oil on canvas, 24 x 30

Yummy
Oil on canvas, 24 x 36

The Cherry on the Top
Oil on canvas, 26 x 30