Joseph Plaskett, Canadian painter, dies at 96
The celebrated artist died in his sleep Sunday in England
Joseph Plaskett, British Columbia-born painter and one of Canada’s most influential artists, died Sunday in England, at the age of 96.
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."
Most recently, Plaskett called England home.
Leaving a legacy for young artists
Most recently, the artist helped found The Plaskett Foundation in 2004 to aid and support Canadian visual artists.
Each year, the foundation awards $25,000 to a young Canadian student to enable them to travel and study art in Europe for one year.
In a statement on the foundation's website Plaskett described the joy he received from giving away "a large part" of his fortune to help others:
"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."