Jospeh Plaskett is one of Canada's most celebrated painters. Born in New Westminster, B.C. his artistic studies took him from Banff, through San Francisco and New York, over to Paris and London, where he lived for many years. His subjects are intimate portrayals of everyday life, in the form of interiors, still life and portraits. In 2001, Plaskett was awarded The Order of Canada for excellence in the field of visual art. In 2011, he was bestowed the honour of Doctorate of Fine Arts (Honoris Causa) by Capilano University, North Vancouver, B.C.
In addition to his successful and expansive career, Plaskett's legacy lives on in the form of the Joseph Plaskett Foundation Award, which supports young artists in Canada by sending them to Europe to travel and make art for one year. Speaking about this award, Plaskett said, "I would like young Canadian artists to enjoy the privileges I experienced more than half a century ago. Europe and, above all, France, have left me richer in knowledge and experience. Although things have changed a great deal since I first travelled and studied abroad, the lesson of Europe and it's past is always waiting for those ready to learn." Plaskett continued painting well into his nineties. His work has been collected by major institutions across the country, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.