2008 Plaskett Award Recipient – Nam Duc Nguyen
Nam Duc Nguyen was born in Edmonton in 1982, and studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver where he received his BFA in 2005. He completed his MFA at NSCAD University in Halifax in 2008, receiving the Harrison McCain Scholarship and the NSCAD University Graduate Fellowship Award in 2006.
In 2007, he was a finalist for the RBC Painting Competition. Nguyen’s paintings have received attention in several articles. Recent exhibitions include ImageObjectMaterial at the Anna Leonowens Gallery at NSCAD, 4×4 at Sees Gallery in Halifax, and Strange and Fantastic at Ideal Gallery in Calgary, all in 2008.
Nguyen moved to Berlin in 2009 to take up the Plaskett Award, where he continues to live and work.
2007 Plaskett Award Recipient – Todd Tremeer
Todd Tremeer was born in Bowmanville, Ontario in 1971. He studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design as well as the University of Guelph. He completed his MFA at the University of Western Ontario where he received the Mary Routledge Award and the Visual Arts Research and Travel Grant.
Recent Solo exhibitions include A Past Again at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts in Ontario and the Station Gallery in Whitby, Ontario in 2009, Replay, at the Latcham Gallery in Stouffville, Ontario in 2009 Painting History / History Painting at the University of Western’s MacIntosh Gallery in 2007, and Things Unseen at the Visual Arts Centre in Bowmanville, Ontario in 2006.
Tremeer’s work has been featured in several catalog publications and articles, and received the Plaskett Award in 2007.
2006 Plaskett Award Recipient – Ehryn Torrell
Ehryn Torrell was born in 1977 in Newmarket, Canada and studied at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She completed her MFA at NSCAD University in Halifax in 2006, where she received the Joseph Beuys Memorial Scholarship and 2nd Prize at the Graduate Research Conference.
In 2004 she received The Banff Centre Residency Scholarship. Torrell has exhibited her work across Canada and been featured in many publications and articles, most recently Carte Blanche Vol. 2: Painting, published by the Magenta Foundation in 2008.
Her most recent solo exhibition The pink house was shown at the Centre des arts actuels Skol in Montreal and at Gallery Connexion in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in 2008. Torrell was awarded Canada Council grants in 2007, 2008 and 2010 and The Plaskett Award in 2006.
2005 Plaskett Award Recipient – Jennifer Lefort
Jennifer Lefort was born in 1976 in Montreal, Canada, and completed an Honours BFA at Concorida University in Montreal in 2002. She received her MFA from York University in Toronto in 2006 and was awarded the Graduate Development Fund and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Award in 2005.
Lefort has exhibited her paintings at several galleries in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, and has been featured in several publications and articles. She is represented by Parisian Laundry in Montreal.
Her solo exhibition in 2007 titled After Berlin developed after she received the Plaskett Award (2005), which led her to live in Berlin for a time. She was a semi-finalist in the RBC Painting Competition in 2007. Lefort lives and works in Toronto.
2004 Plaskett Award Recipient – Mark Neufeld
Mark Neufeld was born in Ladner, Canada and received a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver in 1997. He completed his MFA at the University of Victoria in 2005, where he received two Fellowship Awards and the Jessie Allan Forsythe Scholarship. He also received a Canada Council Project Grant in 2007.
Neufeld was the inaugural Plaskett Award winner in 2004, and has since split his time between Berlin and Vancouver. He has shown his paintings in several international solo and group exhibitions in Berlin, Norway, Melbourne, Seattle, as well as Vancouver and Victoria.
Neufeld has been featured in many articles and publications, most recently in Carte Blanche Vol. 2: Painting, published by the Magenta Foundation in 2008.