Joanne Tod



Joanne Tod (b. 1953) is a renowned Canadian artist and a master of figurative painting. Her paintings of interior spaces share a unique sense of familiarity, calling on varying visceral responses from the viewer.

One of the several motifs in Tod’s work has been the aesthetics, craftsmanship, and connoisseurship of the decorative arts. “Final Draught” is a striking example of her ongoing depictions of vases as well as her signature style that blends soft realism with precision.

Inspired by a vignette at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tod was entranced by the resilience of this vessel, its pristine condition depicting its historical significance and remarkable endurance. She questions the function the vase may have served in antiquity, and how it has endured to find a home in this famed institution. Tod admires and analyzes this artifact in examining what the museum represents today, sparking an institutional critique that has become a subtly recurring theme in her oeuvre.

Click here to see another example in which Tod similarly considers the binary of praise and exclusion inherent in museum presentations. 

Joanne Tod’s works can be found in many public institutions across Canada, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal.

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"Final Draught

Canada, 2010

Oil on canvas

Signed verso

30”H 24”W (work)

31.5”H 25.5”W (framed)

Very good condition.

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