Painter Receives $25,000 Joseph Plaskett Award
At the age of 95, Vancouver-based painter Joseph Plaskett lends his name and support to one of the largest annual visual arts prizes in Canada, the Joseph Plaskett Award, in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. For 2012, the $25,000 prize was awarded this past spring to painter Philip Delisle. Chosen by a jury panel including artist Jan Peacock, NSCAD University instructor Alex Livingston, and Peter Dykhuis, director of the Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Delisle’s recent work recreates spaces and actions of painters at work — framing their studios and living spaces, often in a birds’-eye view.
The award was established in 2004 with a grant from Plaskett to support a Canadian MFA student to travel and study in Europe. Former winners of the award have included Jessica Groome, Todd Tremeer, Jennifer Lefort, and Mark Neufeld.