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Joseph Plaskett

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Biography

Joe Plaskett was born and grew up in British Columbia. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1939 with first class honours in History, and later taught in private and public schools. He studied art at the Vancouver School of Art under Ustinov, Amess, Shadbolt and Binning, as well as under A.Y. Jackson at the Banff School. After several exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery in the early forties, he received friendship and encouragement from Jock MacDonald and Lawren Harris. In 1946 he was the first recipient of an Emily Carr Scholarship, which enabled him to continue his studies at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. In 1947 Plaskett was appointed Principal of the Winnipeg Art School, succeeding Lemoine Fitzgerald. Summers were spent with further studies in New York City and Provincetown under the noted abstract painter Hans Hoffman.
He resigned from his teaching position in Winnipeg in 1949 to have more time to paint. He moved to Paris where he studied with, among others, Fernand Leger, traveled throughout Europe, drawing, using mostly pastels which were suitable for mobility.
In 1951 he moved to London, England to study art at the Slade School with a bursary awarded by the British Arts Council. He returned to Canada for exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the University of British Columbia Art Gallery, as well as in Winnipeg and Toronto. In 1953 a Canada Council Overseas Scholarship assisted him to return to Paris and study etching and engraving with Stanley Hayter.
Plaskett has lived in Paris since then, except for frequent visits to Canada for annual exhibitions of his work in major centres across the country.
Gallery 78 is privileged to be the sole representative of Plaskett's work in Atlantic Canada.

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Category: Paintings

Media:Oil on Canvas

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