Joseph Plaskett | A Centenary
July 7 - 28, 2018
Running Concurrently at Bau-Xi Vancouver & Toronto
Opening Reception: Saturday July 7, 2-4 pm, Upper Gallery
"The art that I make and that I see others make confirms the miracle of being alive. Almost every day I live in a state of exaltation." - Joseph Plaskett
To commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Joseph Plaskett’s life, Bau-Xi Vancouver and Toronto are pleased to present A Centenary, concurrent exhibitions of select works from the estate of Joseph Plaskett, on view from July 7th to July 21st.
A consummate bohemian, masterful painter and a prolific artist until his passing, Plaskett dedicated his practice to the intimate expression of everyday life: fruits and vegetables artfully scattered about, arrangements of potted plants and fresh flowers, portraits of the artist and his friends, interiors of his Paris apartment and landscapes of his Suffolk garden.
“The word I choose to describe the quality of a still life is intimacy. I am closer and closer to the small world surrounding me and its surroundings. I make constant discoveries.” - Joseph Plaskett
Despite the enduring subject matter throughout Plaskett’s oeuvre —the domestic scenes and humble artifacts of his immediate surroundings — the artist’s treatment of light, colour and form was continually evolving and ever exploratory, shifting from the dramatic contrast and painterly realism of his earlier works to the brightly saturated, graphic forms of his later years, lovingly rendered and infused with warmth and humanity of the artist’s hand.
During his lifetime, Joseph Plaskett became well established for his contribution to Canadian art historical canon, and was awarded The Order of Canada for excellence in the field of visual art and inducted as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art. Bau-Xi Galleries are honoured to share this special collection of works with admirers and collectors in celebration of Joseph Plaskett’s art, life, and legacy.
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