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2014 April 23

The 2014 Joseph Plaskett Award Recipient and Jury is Announced!

The Joseph Plaskett Foundation wishes to congratulate Collin Johanson. Johanson will be awarded the eleventh $25,000 Joseph Plaskett Award during a special presentation to celebrate ten years of the Plaskett Award. The presentation, exhibition opening and reception will be held at the Equinox Gallery in Vancouver on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. The art community is invited.

This year's jury of respected artists was held in Winnipeg and included Mark Neufeld (Chair), Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba and recipient of the inaugural Plaskett Award; Paul Butler, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Eleanor Bond, Associate Professor at Concordia University and renowned Winnipeg based artist.

The jury unanimously recommended Montreal based Collin Johanson who presented a strong body of expressive abstract paintings. While rooted in European Modernism, his paintings investigate approaches to abstraction while personal elements acknowledge contemporary preoccupations with the subject.

Paul Butler complimented Johanson's commitment to his practice and noted "there is a joy that comes through painting, which comes from tireless experimentation and pushes the boundaries of painting".

Collin Johanson graduated from Emily Carr University in 2004 with a B.F.A. and from Concordia University in 2013 with a M.F.A.

Johanson has already begun to receive attention. Notably he was a semi-finalist for the RBC Painting Competition (2008) and included in several group shows since 2005 including "Pulp Fiction" at Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art in Toronto and Museum London. He has presented solo exhibitions at Access and LES Gallery in Vancouver. Most recently he presented his work in the group show, A Process of Recognition, at Battat Contemporary in Montreal.

Johanson intends to base himself in Berlin while also taking time to visit the museums in Paris. His award will be also announced during the 135th Annual General Assembly of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) to be held in Edmonton on May 17th.

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