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2014 September 21

Joe Plaskett Passed Away – But the Plaskett Award Still Continues


worksJoseph Plaskett, the generous and influential artist, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday Sept 21 2014 in England at the age of 96.

Born in British Columbia, one of Canada’s most important artistic figures will be laid to rest in his birthplace of New Westminster BC. We send or deepest sympathies to his partner Mario Doucet.

A tribute was released on CBC News, which said “Born in 1918 in New Westminster, Plaskett studied art in Banff, San Francisco, New York, and London before settling in Paris in 1951. In a 2008 interview with CBC News, Plaskett described the inspiration he found in the romantic French city.

‘When I went to Paris I was so enchanted with the beauty of the old world — what was left of it after the wars — that I just had to surrender myself to my rapture at seeing what was in front of my eyes.’"

Plaskett himself won the first Emily Carr Award and now his own annual award provides $25,000 for an MFA artist in Canada to continue painting in Europe continuing that energy.

His legacy will live on. His vision of supporting emerging Canadian artists through his Joseph Plaskett Foundation and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts will continue to support and foster emerging talent. The Plaskett Award celebrated ten great years and announced the eleventh talented winner this past spring in Vancouver and Edmonton.

Sadly Joe himself was too frail to travel to be with us, and his partner Mario stayed by his side while his achievements were recognized in an exhibition with Plaskett’s work and paintings by all ten past “Plasketteers” – his artistic children - at the Equinox Gallery in Vancouver. In his honour a symposium called “Painting/Position/Place” was held at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.


"We celebrate our friend Joe Plaskett and are grateful for his life, his art, his good nature and his generousity."
-Landon Mackenzie
RCA, Plaskett Award Coordinator and Board Member, Joseph Plaskett Foundation



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