Fonds 1360 - Joseph Prezament Fonds

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Joseph Prezament Fonds

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CA JPL-A 1360

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  • 1947-1983 (Creation)
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    Prezament, Joseph, 1923-1983

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(1923-1983)

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Joseph Prezament was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1923. He was a Jewish Canadian artist.

His parents, Jacob and Rochl Prezament, were Jewish immigrants from Ukraine. Joseph was born one year after the arrival of his mother and siblings in Winnipeg : the family had been before that separated for six years. His father was an engraver and sculptor of tombstones, an amateur inventor, and an occasional set designer for the Yiddish Theatre in Winnipeg. Joseph quit high school early to attend the Winnipeg School of Art. There he studied under Lemoine Fitzgerald, the only Group of Seven member living in Western Canada. He then went on to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War. After the war, he moved to Montreal and studied under Arthur Lismer and Goodridge Roberts at the Montreal Art Association, and Alfred Pinsky and Ghitta Caiserman-Roth at the Montreal Artists’ School. He met Rita Briansky during this period, and the couple married in 1949.They had two children together, Anna and Wendy. Prezament worked both as an independent artist, exhibiting his works in galleries around the country, and as a commercial artist, employed by printers and businesses. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1979, and concentrated on his own art during the last years of his life. He passed away in 1983.

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Donated to the JPL-A by Rita Briansky.

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Fonds consists of sketch books, prints, and etchings by Joseph Prezament.

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      Series added June 10, 2024 for clarity by Digital Archivist Leah Graham.

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