JOSEPH DRAPELL was born 1940 in Humpolec, Bohemia and grew up under the totalitarian systems of Hitler, Stalin, et al. He escaped from Prague at the age of 25 and emigrated to Canada in 1966. Between 1968 and 1970, he studied under various visiting artists and lecturers at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan. Joseph now divides his time between Toronto and his island in Georgian Bay (Lake Huron).
Invited to Syracuse University, N.Y., as Visiting Artist in Residence (1973).
Invited by Sir Anthony Caro to Triangle Artists’ Workshop as Guest Artist (1984).
Museum exhibition Ten Years of J.D. traveled to five museums in Canada (1984-85).
Guest Artist at Emma Lake Workshop (1988) and at The Leighton Foundation (1990).
Drapell has exhibited with New New Painters since 1991.
Five cover stories: Art International (1978), artmagazine (1980), Artpost (1990), Revue K (1993), Artfocus (1999).
Museum exhibition The Deepest Layers traveled to four museums in Bohemia (1999-2001).
Drapell’s work has been shown in New York since 1971, in Europe since 1980, in Asia since 1995.
Video program Quest for New Art: Painter Joseph Drapell first shown in 1996 at Eurofilm Festival, France, and at 15th International Festival, Montevideo, Uruguay in 1997.
Drapell and his wife, Anna Maclachlan, founded the first Museum of New New Painting in 1998
Commissioned by The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir to paint on stage during their performance of Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 (Oct 2002).
Drapell publishes the DVD High Stakes: Global Crisis in Art with companion text by critic Walter Klepac (Nov 2006).
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
National Gallery, Prague
Museum of Modern Art, Foundation Ludwig, Vienna
The Clement Greenberg Collection at Portland Museum of Art, Oregon
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Minneapolis Institute of Art
The Chase Manhattan Bank, New York
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla California
At&T, New York
The Francis J. Greenberger Foundation, New York
Hines International Corporation, Boston
21st Century Master Artworks, New York
Imperial Oil Ltd
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale
Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, Florida
Camino Foundation, Valduz, Lichtenstein
Vaclav Havel, President of Czech Republic, Prague
Collection of Gerald Piltzer, Paris
Gallery Ism, Seoul, South Korea
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
Galerie Moderniho Umeni, Roudnice, Bohemia
Galerie Klatovy Klenova, Bohemia
Prachenske Museum, Pisek
Oblastni Galerie Vysociny, Jihlava
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Edmonton Art Gallery
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Memorial University of New Foundland
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Art Gallery of Windsor
Chevron Standard, Calgary
Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Rothmans of Pall Mall, Canada
Westburne International industries, Montreal
Alcan Ltd, Montreal
David Mirvish Collection, Toronto
Cineplex Odeon Corp. Canada
London Reginal Art Gallery
McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London
Red Deer College, Alberta
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Alberta
Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery, Peterborough
Canada Council, The Art Bank
University Gallery, Carleton University, Ottawa
The British Museum, London (suite of 4 etchings)
Joseph Drapell : late call, 1981, acrylic, on, canvas, 55 x 53
Joseph Drapell : in great shape, 1984, acrylic on canvas, 87in, 221cm, diagonal, crp
Joseph Drapell : Lia Hana, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 51 x 46