The Joseph Plaskett Foundation wishes to congratulate Collin Johanson!
Johanson was awarded the eleventh $25,000 Joseph Plaskett Award during a special presentation to celebrate ten years of the Plaskett Award. The presentation, exhibition and reception was held at the beautiful new Equinox Gallery in Vancouver on Friday, May 9, 2014. The Vancouver art community was invited.
This year’s jury of respected artists was held in Winnipeg and included Mark Neufeld (Chair), Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba and recipient of the Inaugural Joseph Plaskett Award; Paul Butler, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Eleanor Bond, Associate Professor at Concordia University and renowned Winnipeg based artist.
The jury unanimously recommended Montreal based Collin Johanson who according to the jury “presented a strong body of expressive abstract paintings. While rooted in European Modernism, his paintings investigate approaches to abstraction while personal elements acknowledge contemporary preoccupations with the subject.”
Paul Butler complimented Johanson’s commitment to his practice and noted:
“there is a joy that comes through painting, which comes from tireless experimentation and pushes the boundaries of painting”.
Collin Johanson graduated from Emily Carr University in 2004 with a B.F.A. and from Concordia University in 2013 with a M.F.A. His work has already begun to receive attention. Notably he was a semi-finalist for the RBC Painting Competition (2008) and included in several group shows since 2005. He has presented solo exhibitions at Access and LES Gallery in Vancouver. Most recently he presented his work in the group show, A Process of Recognition, at Battat Contemporary in Montreal. Johanson intends to base himself in Berlin while also taking time to visit the museums in Paris.
His award was also announced as is the tradition within the partnership with the RCA during the President’s Dinner of the 135th Annual General Assembly of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) which was held at the Art Gallery of Edmonton to large applause on May 17, 2014.