John Kissick

“John Kissick’s oil and acrylic paintings don’t have an accessible flow. If his clashing colors and loud patterns were translated into music, it would not be an easy groove. This disjunction gives his exhibition title its punch and his art its joy. Kissick disrupts the surface of his canvases with an intense and enlivening energy akin to hardcore dance music or techno. He creates this effect by scrambling Pop Art- like commercial colors and slinky forms into his densely packed imagery.”

- Ana Finel Honigman (from Saatchi Online, Ana Finel Honigman’s Top 10 Berlin Shows, March 2011)

EDUCATION

1987
MA College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

1985
BFA Queen’s University at Kingston, Kingston, Ontario
 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
Sugar Won't Work, Katzman Gallery, Toronto

2012
Dissonand Groove, Katzman Gallery, Toronto

2011
Groovefucker, WILDE Gallery, Berlin
John Kissick: New Paintings, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

2010
John Kissick: A Nervous Decade (2010-11 Touring), Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kelowna Art Gallery. Crystal Mowry, Curator (catalogue)
John Kissick: Groovefucker, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

2008
Paintings on a pop song, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

2007
New Works, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

2005
New Paintings, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto
John Kissick: Recent Work, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough.
Anne MacDonald, Curator

2004
John Kissick: A Survey of Recent Painting, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph (catalogue), Judith Nasby, Curator
John Kissick: New Works, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto
John Kissick: Paintings 2000-2004, Elon University Gallery, Elon, NC

2003
The “C” Paintings, Alcove Gallery, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

2002
New Paintings, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

2001
Paintings, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

2000
Survey of Paintings 1995-2000, OCAD Gallery, Toronto

1999
New Paintings, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto (catalogue)
Small Works 1995-1998, Harnet Gallery, University of Rochester

1998
New Work, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

1997
Views from the Trench, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto
Works: 1995-1997, Hatton Gallery, Colorado State University. Linny Frickman, Curator

1995
Ether Day, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto (catalogue)

1993
New Work, Otterbein College Art Gallery, Columbus, OH. Joseph Ansell, Curator
My Culture Bleeds History, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

1992
Pincushions, The Harlan Gallery, Seton Hill College. Carol Broade, Curator

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SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2009
Kissick, Craven, Broadworth: Small Paintings. Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

2007
8 Hour Projects. Penelac Gallery, Allegheny College, PA. Robert Raczka, Curator
Cartographies. Elissa Cristal Gallery, Vancouver

2006
The Writing is on the Wall. Museum London. Andrew Hunter, Curator
Sunscreen.. Newzones Contemporary Art, Calgary

2005
Spell. Mendel Art Gallery and Robert McLaughlin Galler . Jordan Broadworth and Jonathon Forrest, Curators

2004
Jordan Broadworth. and John Kissick: Fluid Archeology. Elora Centre for the Arts
New Acquisitions. Museum London

2003
AbNext: John Kissick, Helen O’Leary and Christopher McNulty, South Bend Regional Art Museum, South Bend, Ind. Jason Lahr, Curator

2002
Introductions 2002. Newzones Contemporary Art, Calgary
Painters 15: A Survey of Contemporary Canadian Painting. Shanghai Art Museum, Guangdong Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto. David Urban, Curator (2002-2003)

2001
Big Shots. Art System Gallery. Toronto

2000
School of Visual Arts 2000. Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State University

1997
The Persistent Tradition: The Landscape in Contemporary Art. University of Waterloo Art Gallery
SVA 20: Twenty Years of the School of Visual Arts. Palmer Museum of Art, 
University Park, PA

1995
10th Anniversary Show. The Common Hand: Drawings by Gallery Artists. Leo Kamen Gallery

1994
Philadelphia International Art Competition Winners. Medici Visual Art, Philadelphia

1993
Penn State Painting. Owen/Patrick Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1992
Painting-Like. Megahan and Penelac Galleries, Allegheny College. Robert Raczka, Curator
Hard Choices/Just Rewards II. Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Awards Recipients: Blair Art Museum (1992), University of Pittsburgh (1992), Everhart Museum (1992),University of the Arts, (1993)

1990
Rutgers National. Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University. Jurors: Martha Beck (Director, The Drawing Center, NYC) and Ned Rifken (Curator, The Hirshhorn Museum, 
Washington, D.C.)

1989
Anniversary! Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston. Juror: David Burnett: Curator, Art Gallery of Ontario

1988
Pennsylvania Painting. Bucknell University Art Gallery, Juror: Clement Greenberg

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

2010
Roald Nasgaard, Liz Wylie, Jason Lahr, John Kissick: A Nervous Decade. (Survey catalogue) Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, June 2010

2009
Leah Sandals: “Brush to Judgement.” National Post, Toronto. October 27, 2009
Pete Smith: “Kissick, Craven, Broadworth: Small is Beautiful.” Canadian Art
Magazine on-line, April 23, 2009
Carte Blanche Vol. II: Painting. (Toronto: Magenta Foundation Press, 2009) pg. 254-255

2008
Leah Sandals, “Bringing new zing to King.” National Post, April 19, 2008
Richard Rhodes, “John Kissick: Fever Visions and Abstract Rapture.” Canadian Art Magazine On-Line. canadianart.ca. April 1, 2008

2007
Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada. (Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: 2007) pgs.349-351
Gary Michael Dault: “John Kissick”. Border Crossings Magazine. September 2007
Helena Wadsley: “Cartographies.”Galleries West Magazine. gallerieswest.ca. 
September 1, 2007
Gary Michael Dault: “Wild painterly joy, framed with irony.” Globe and Mail, Toronto. 
May 12, 2007

2005
Gary Michael Dault: “John Kissick at Leo Kamen” Globe and Mail, Toronto, October

2004
Pete Smith, “Two exhibitions that didn’t change my life, but did change my week: Even more (as if there weren’t enough) criticism on David Urban and John Kissick.” Samplesize, November 2004
Liz Wylie, “Carnival of Means.” Catalogue essay for the exhibition John Kissick: A Survey of Recent Painting. Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. October 2004.
David Urban, “Painting’s Radiant Array.” Border Crossinsg Magazine, Autumn 2004
Liz Wylie, “John Kissick at Leo Kamen.” Canadian Art Magazine, September 2004
Gary Michael Dault, “John Kissick and Jennifer Gordon at Leo Kamen” Globe and Mail, Toronto, March 13, 2004

2003
John Bentley Mays, “Beyond Overcoming: Notes on Abstract Painting.” C Magazine, 
Spring 2003

2002
Mary McKenzie, “John Kissick: New Paintings.” Hive Magazine. September 2002
Gary Michael Dault, “The poetry in hot licks and rapturous scumblings.” Globe and Mail, Toronto, Sept. 14, 2002
Laura Lind, “Supporting the pillars of art.” National Post, Toronto. March 15, 2002

2001
Catherine Osborne, “Having Its Moment”. ArtNews, November 2001
Mark Van Proyen, “Art Criticism: Where’s the Beef?” New Art Examiner, July/August, 2001
Gary Michael Dault, “Rewind: John Kissick.” Canadian Art Magazine, Summer 2001
Gary Michael Dault, “The List: Critics’ Picks.” Globe and Mail, Toronto, Saturday,
March 28, 2001

1999
Gary Michael Dault, “John Kissick at the Leo Kamen Gallery.” Globe and Mail, Toronto, September 11, 1999

1998
Gary Michael Dault, “Unembarrassed Beauty: John Kissick’s new work at Leo Kamen.” Globe and Mail, Toronto. October 10, 1998
Gillian Mackay, “Widery’s Wondrous Widgets.” Globe and Mail, Toronto. February 14,1998

1997
Catherine Osborne, “The Front: The Work of John Kissick.” Canadian Art Magazine, December 1997
Gillian Mackay, “Gallery Goings: John Kissick at Leo Kamen.” Globe and Mail, Toronto, October 11, 1997
Donald Brackett, “John Kissick at Leo Kamen” Toronto Life Magazine, October 1997, pg.44
“Fast-Forward: Fall Exhibitions Toronto” Canadian Art Magazine, September 1997, pg.28
Robert Enright, “The Art of Entrenchment” Border Crossings, Summer 1997, pg.4
“Works of John Kissick speak of Ireland’s violent warfare” Fort Collins Reporter-Herald, March 20, 1997

1995
Richard Yeomans: “Art: Context and Criticism.” International Journal of Art and Design Education. Vol. 14. October 1995. pgs. 326-327
Kathleen Mendus-Dlugos, “John Kissick,” Exhibition catalogue essay, Leo Kamen Gallery, January 1995

1994
Donald Miller “Pittsburgh Biennial Opens,” Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Sept. 11, 1994
Kathy Valdo and Alexander Cook, “The Pittsburgh Biennial,” Art Brut, Issue 5, Sept. 1994

1993
Kathleen Mendus Dlugos, “Painting Like,” New Art Examiner, May 1993, pg.46
Charles Rosenblum, “John Kissick, Harlan Gallery,” New Art Examiner, February 1993,pg.32
Kate Taylor Review of Leo Kamen Exhibition, Globe and Mail, Toronto, January 25, 1993
“John Kissick at Leo Kamen,” CFTO TV News, January 16, 1993

1990
Karen Vacarro, “John Kissick,” 1990 New York Art Review, Edited by Les Krantz.
David Burnett, “Anniversary,” Agnes Etherington Art Centre Exhibition Annual 1990, 
catalogue essay.