Curriculum Vitae

Poet-painter Joe Rosenblatt was born in Toronto in l933. He started writing seriously in the early sixties, and in l966 his first book, The L.S.D. Leacock, was published by Coach House Press. Since then he has published more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction and non fiction complete with his own illustrations.  His selected poems (1962-1975), Top Soil, won the Governor-General’s Award for poetry. Another volume of selected poems, (l963-l985), Poetry Hotel, won The B.C. Book Prize, l986 for poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals in North America.

Rosenblatt has held several writer-in-residence positions in Canadian universities and libraries, as well as short term writer in residence positions at the University of Rome and University of Bologna. Between l987 and l993 he toured Europe giving readings and lectures in Italy, Sweden and Finland. Illustrated by the poet a bilingual edition of his sea sonnets  Madre Tentacolare (A Tentacled Mother) was translated into Italian by the late Prof. Alfredo Rizzardi of the University of Bologna and  published in Italy.

In 1996 Toronto’s Exile Press released A Tentacled Mother in the original along with his selected prose and poems, The Rosenblatt Reader.  A collection of his selected drawings and new poems, The Voluptuous Gardener, was published in 1996 by Vancouver’s Beach Holme Press.

Since 1980 Rosenblatt has been living in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island with his wife Faye, music teacher/environmental steward, with their various felines. They are depicted in his paintings and drawings which are in public and private collections in Canada.

Solo Exhibitions

1972 The J. Walter Thompson Agency, Toronto

1973 The Village Bookstore, Toronto

1973 Gadatsy Gallery, Toronto

1975 “Anthropomorphics,” Gadatsy Gallery, Toronto

1976 “Recent Drawings About Cats, ” Gadatsy Gallery, Toronto

1977 “Snake Oil,” Gadatsy Gallery, Toronto

1977 Drawings, Leamington Art Gallery, Leamington, Ontario

1978 “Dr Anaconda’s Solar Fun Club,” Gadatsy Gallery,  Toronto                                                                  1983 Den -Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario.

1985 “Survey: 1972-1978 Drawings,” Gadatsy Gallery, Toronto

1996 “The Voluptuous Gardener,” Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

1999 “Catnip Madness” The People’s Gallery Parksville, BC

2005  “Spirit Wings”, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC


Selected Group Exhibitions

1971 Mitchell Gallery, Toronto.

1973 “Art 74” Exhibition, Beth Tzedec Synagogue , Toronto

1973 “Drawings Rediscovered, ” Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal

1974 Gallery House Sol, Georgetown, Ontario

1974 “Four Artists,” Gadatsy Gallery, Toronto

1974 Aviva Art Auction, Toronto

1975 “Seven Toronto Artists,” City Hall, Toronto

1976 “Drawings and Sculptures,” Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Rental Exhibition

1976 ” Fantastic Creatures,” Gadatsy Gallery, Toronto

1976 ” A Horse Show.” Gadatsy Gallery, Toronto

1976 ” Jewish Experience in the Art of the Twentieth Century,”  International Travelling Exhibition, The Art Gallery/ Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1977 Travelling Exhibition. A.G.O Extension Services, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

1977 “Miniatures,” Gadatsy Gallery, Toronto

1978 Drawings & Watercolours, Etobicoke Civic Arts Centre,   Etobicoke, Ontario

1978 Art Show, Edward’s Garden Civic Centre, Toronto

1978 Three Poet Artists, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC

1978 Juried Drawing Exhibition, Lynwood Art Centre, Simcoe, Ontario

1978 ” Fantasy Drawings,” Gadatsy Gallery, Toronto

1978 ” Erotic Drawings,” Gadatsy Gallery, Toronto

1985 St. Lawrence Centre, June Mallet Theatre, Toronto

1995 Carleton University Art Gallery , Ottawa

1997 Bravo, The Rogue Gallery, Victoria, BC

1997 Brant Festival Exhibition, People’s Gallery, Parksville, BC

1998 The Barn Collection, Summer Salon, Sidney BC

1999 Selection of Art 1996-1999, Fisher Library, Toronto

2000 Magic Gardens, Faculty Club, University of Toronto

2001  Illuminations,   Faculty Club, University of Toronto

2000 Miniature Art Show, Woolfitt’s Gallery, Toronto

2001 Summer Show    Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, BC

2001 Plants that Dream  Sandstone Gallery, Gabriola island

2002 Magic Gardens, Amelia Douglas Gallery,  New Westminster, BC

2003 Play time  Qualicum  Frameworks Gallery, Qualicum Beach, BC

2001  Exhibition Gallery  Bowen Island, BC

2004  Eastside Group, McPherson Library, University of Victoria, BC

2004  Group Show, The Enormous Room: Pteros Gallery , Toronto.

2004  Eastside group, Amelia Douglas Gallery, Douglas College, New Westminster, BC

2004  Eastside Group, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville,  BC

2007  Closing of Fran Willis Gallery Final Group Exhibition, Victoria, BC

2008  Group Show Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC

2009  Group Show, Leighdon Studio Gallery, Vancouver


Public Collections

Carleton University Art Gallery

Art Gallery of Ontario

Burnaby Art Gallery

Public Archives of Canada

W.A.C. Library, Simon Fraser University

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

Included in Numerous Private Collections In Canada, United States And Europe

Drawings Reproduced In The Following Magazines:

Arts Canada, Books in Canada, Exile Magazine, Brick Magazine, Jewish Dialogue and Scarborough Fair

Snake Oil, portfolio edition, 30 original prints, Exile Editions , Toronto, 1978, printed by Porcupine’s Quill , Erin, Ontario  (100 copies)