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The 9th Plaskett Winner is Announced! Philip Delisle is the 2012 Recipient of the $25,000 Joseph Plaskett Award!


Today at a gathering of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts with many Canadian artists and designers in attendance, Governing Council member and Awards Chair Renee Van Halm presented Philip Delisle with his prize. The 2012 Plaskett Reception was held May 26th before the Presidents' Dinner of the Annual General Assembly of the RCA at the Battery Hotel in St. John's, Newfoundland.

This award so generously offered by the artist Joseph Plaskett, now in his 95th year, provides an amazing opportunity for an outstanding emerging Canadian painter to live or study in Europe over the course of a year. Administered by a partnership between the Joseph Plaskett Foundation and the RCA, the Award process is coordinated by the Vancouver artist and Emily Carr University Professor Landon Mackenzie.

Each year the Foundation appoints three Canadian artists of significant reputation to the jury and the final process occurs each year in a different city in Canada. The philosophy is that strong juries choose strong candidates, which in turn enhances the integrity of the Award.

The excellent jury for this year's prestigious Joseph Plaskett Award include: Jan Peacock, the Governor General Award Winner in Visual Arts for 2012, Alex Livingston, painter and Professor at NSCAD University, and Peter Dykhuis, Director of the Dalhousie University Art Gallery. The jury complimented the practice of Philip Delisle stating that he intends to use the award to "exercise a close examination of historical art sites and museums". They wrote, "As Delisle's work is highly dependent on complex systems of linear perspective, it will be beneficial for him to be able to experience the paintings where these systems were invented in the development of the modern perspectival system."

picPhil Delisle's work has already received attention. Notable awards include a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation as well as Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council. He has had solo exhibitions at Artcite, Windsor, Forest City, London, and his thesis show "Strange Connections and Framing Conventions" at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, as well as group shows at Page and Strange, Halifax, Art Mûr, Montreal, The Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Cambridge Galleries, Propeller in Toronto, Gallery 101 in Ottawa and the Art Gallery of Peel. Delisle obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo and his Master of Fine Art from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, (NSCAD University).

The British Columbia-born artist Joseph Plaskett, established his Foundation in 2004 to support a mature Canadian MFA student to travel and/or study art in Europe for one year "to enjoy the privileges I experienced more than a half century ago". Now well established, the Joseph Plaskett Award has had outstanding juries and recipients from across Canada. Former winners include, 2011 Jessica Groome, 2010 Megan Hepburn, 2009 Vitaly Medvedovsky, 2008 Nam Duc Nguyen, 2007 Todd Tremeer, 2006 Ehryn Torrell, 2005 Jennifer Lefort, and 2004 Mark Neufeld, leaving a great legacy of vision for the visual arts in Canada.

For more information and the 2013 deadline:

Other enquiries can be sent to the RCA at 401 Richmond West, Suite 375, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3A8.

Photo Credit for Portrait of Phil: Jacob Mailman