Internationally renowned Acadian painter and printmaker Joseph Purcell was born in 1954, and raised in the village of Chezzetcook, on the rugged eastern shore of Nova Scotia. He traces his ancestry back to the founding of the village following the Great Acadian Expulsion of 1755. To explore the history of the Acadian settlement in Chezzetcook please click here.

Educated at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Joseph Purcell has exhibited in Nova Scotia and Ontario. His work reflects a way of life influenced by deep religious beliefs, close family ties and strong cultural values, as well as the experience of having been raised in a community steeped in traditions and folklore.