Born in Montreal in 1962. Lives and works in Southern Ontario.
John Kissick creates abstract paintings that feature a hybrid pictorial space which balances art-historical allusions with pop-culture references. A fine and subtle colourist, Kissick creates energetic surfaces rife with associative resonance. A renowned writer and educator as well as an artist, John Kissick is currently director of the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph. After studies at Queen’s University, Cornell University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Kissick taught at Penn State University’s School of Visual Arts and served as dean of the Faculty of Art at the Ontario College of Art from 2000 to 2003. Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2005, Kissick was the subject of a mid-career survey, “John Kissick: A Nervous Decade,” which toured through Canada in 2012. Kissick is the author of numerous catalog essays and articles for periodicals, including for Canadian Art. His work has been exhibited at the Shanghai Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the Mendel Art Gallery, among other institutions.