Joseph Plaskett

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Joseph Plaskett
Joseph Francis Plaskett

(1918-07-12)July 12, 1918
DiedSeptember 21, 2014(2014-09-21) (aged 96)
Suffolk, England
EducationVancouver School of Art night school, San Francisco School of Art (1946); with Hans Hofmann (1946); with Fernand Léger and others, Paris (1949-1951); Slade School, London (1951-1952)
Known forPainting
Partner(s)Mario Ducet
AwardsFirst Emily Carr Fellowship (1946) for study in the U.S.; Canadian Government overseas scholarship (1954-1955); Canada Council grant to Europe (1967)
ElectedC.G.P., B.C. Society of Artists

Joseph Plaskett CM RCA (12 July 1918 – 21 September 2014) was a Canadian painter.


Plaskett was born in New Westminster, British Columbia in 1918.[1] He initially studied history, and taught school for six years but in 1944, became interested in art. He studied at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and the Banff School of Fine Arts, where his teacher was A.Y. Jackson.[2][3] In 1945, he joined the B. C. Society of Artists.[3] In 1946, having been awarded the first Emily Carr Scholarhip for study in the U.S. by Lawren Harris,[4] he studied at the San Francisco School of Art.[1] Afterwards, he taught at the Winnipeg School of Art where he was made director (1947-1949)[5] In summers, he studied in New York and once, with Hans Hofmann in Provincetown in 1947.[3][6] From 1949 to 1951, in Paris, he studied with Fernand Léger.[3][5] He then studied at the Slade School, London (1951-1952) with a bursary awarded by the British Arts Council. He took etching and engraving with Stanley William Hayter in Paris in 1953 with the aid of a Canadian Government Overseas Scholarship, and opened a studio there in 1957.[3][7]

In Paris, Plaskett, having renounced abstraction, painted still-lifes in oils and did pastels that Vancouver Sun art critic Michael Scott described as “romanticized impressionism”.[2] He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2001.[7] He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.[8] He was also a member of the Canadian Group of Painters.[5]

In 2000, he moved to Suffolk, England.[1][7] In 2004, he founded the Joseph Plaskett Foundation which awards scholarships to Canadian artists.[1] Plaskett said,

"In my long career I have been a recipient of many awards.... These revolutionized my development. These awards all came from my country. I am paying my dues."[7]

He died on 21 September 2014 at the age of 96.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d "At 90, Joseph Plaskett still turns to fellow artists for inspiration". CBC News. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  2. ^ a b Brennan, Brian. "Joe Plaskett". Galleries West Magazine. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e MacDonald, Colin S. (1982). A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, vol. 6 (Third ed.). Ottawa: Canadian Paperbacks Publishing. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  4. ^ "The other Plaskett". The Coast. 23 May 2008. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  5. ^ a b c Bradfield 1970, p. n.p..
  6. ^ Zemans, Joyce (2010). ”Abstract and Non-Objective Art in English Canada”. The Visual Arts in Canada: the Twentieth Century. Foss, Brian., Paikowsky, Sandra., Whitelaw, Anne (eds.). Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press. p. 171. ISBN 978-0-19-542125-5.
  7. ^ a b c d "Joseph Plaskett". Plaskett Award. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Canadian painter Joseph Plaskett dead at 96". CBC News. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2021.


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