During the Second World War Anthony (Tony) Paskell, served in the British Royal Navy as a telegraphist, and was stationed at a camp at Deolali in the state of Maharashtra, India and later in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). When he returned to Cardiff after the war, he attended Teachers College there. Having started his career in Britain, he left home to answer the call for teachers in Canada’s north. With the experience gained from working and living among indigenous people, he engaged in writing for various educational publications.
During his time in the Canadian north, two talented and influential friends encouraged him to try his hand at painting : celebrated Anishanaabe indigenous artist, Jackson Beardy and cinematographer Robert Aller. Driven by his passion for painting, Paskell would eventually become a full-time artist. From his quaint hobby farm in eastern Ontario to the mountains of Mexico and beyond, he recorded scenes of everyday life, despite being visually impaired. In later years, he ventured into the world of abstract and semi-abstract art.
Last Post Fund is the grateful recipient of three paintings by Tony Paskell, in recognition for assistance with funeral and burial we were able to provide to the family upon his death.
This tableau by Tony Paskell depicting a rural scene now hangs in the National Office of the Last Post Fund.