Joseph Kashetsky (1941-1974)

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Joseph David Kashetsky was born in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1941, older sibling to artist Herzl. Joe studied fine art and commercial art under Saint John artists Ted Campbell and Fred Ross at Saint John Vocational School.

During the latter part of his short life, he lived in Fredericton where he was a director and part owner of the Cassel Galleries. He was the recipient of two Canada Council grants. He specialized in abstracts, but was well known for his versatility of mediums including objects, watercolours, ink drawings and small sculptures. From his obituary - "In 1972, his originality drew national attention when he put on a one-man show of the 'Painted T-shirts and Sweatshirts' which was organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery for the Atlantic Provinces Art Circuit. The fully wearable shirts featured everything from aspects of the cosmos characterized by geometric shapes to representations of Laurel and Hardy and Greta Garbo. That show was the second to be chosen for the APAC tour for Mr. Kashetsky. In 1969 the New Brunswick Museum organized an exhibit of his paintings and drawings that was shown throughout the region. In 1972 he was featured in a show of nine New Brunswick Artists that traveled throughout out the province. In 1970 he gave one-man shows at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, the University of New Brunswick in Saint John and Zwicker's Art Gallery in Halifax. In 1968, one of his first one-man shows was exhibited at the Morrison Art Gallery in Saint John. In 1968, a work called 'The Moon' was part of a cross Canada exhibit of Maritime Provinces art. Over the years, his works also were part of many exhibits including some in Montreal, Toronto, Mount Allison University of Sackville, and Dalhousie University of Halifax. His works are included in the permanent collections of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the New Brunswick Museum and the University of New Brunswick."