Born: New Westminster, BC, July 12, 1918
Died: England, UK, September 21, 2014
Canadian Joseph Plaskett, born the 12th of July 1918, in New Westminster, British Columbia is mainly known for being one of Canada’s most established painters. A pupil of Hans Hofmann, he studied in New York and Provincetown in 1947 and 1948. Plaskett studied art in Banff, San Francisco, New York, London and Paris, where in the 1950’s he focused on etching and engraving. He taught intermittently in Canada until 1957 and afterwards settled definitely in Paris where his studio became an informal salon for Canadian painters, writers, poets and filmmakers, interfacing with artists from other countries. Since the 1940s, he has had over 65 solo and group exhibitions, with work in major public, private and corporate collections, including the National Gallery of Canada. His chosen subjects have always been intimate expressions of everyday life – interiors, still life, and portraits of friends and models. There is a warm humanity to his work, a love of light and form and colour that is evident in every painting he produces. In the spring of 2001, he received the Order of Canada for his excellence in the field of visual art. In 2004, he set up The Joe Plaskett Foundation which makes an annual award to a Canadian artist to enable them to travel to Europe to grow and study. Plaskett continues to paint daily and his work is held in many collections worldwide.