JOSEPH FRANCIS PLASKETT, R.C.A.
Bau-Xi Gallery Ltd., Vancouver
Private Collection, Ontario
Joseph Plaskett, A Speaking Likeness, Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 1999, pages 186-189, and 256.
For more than forty years, Joseph Plaskett painted still lifes and portraits in his studio in the Marais, which lies inside of Paris' 3rd and 4th arrondissements. With its proximity to the city's most venerable markets, including Les Halles, Plaskett's studio was crowded with precious objects and natural wonders he purchased, was gifted, or found.
Plaskett wrote quite passionately of his artistic relationship with food and flora in his 1999 memoir, A Speaking Likeness. He was also entranced by textures in nature, stating that the advantage of painting food was that "the good raw materials are there for both chef and painter to turn into masterpieces."