Jay Isaac (b. 1975, New Brunswick, Canada) studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada and at the Cardiff Institute of Art and Design, Cardiff, Wales, UK. His work has been widely exhibited, with notable shows at David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden ; Galerie du Jour, Paris, France; Galleria d’art moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy; Happy Ending, New York, USA; Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Agnes Etherington Art Center, Kingston; Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver; Mercer Union, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, The Art Gallery of Ontario and The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada. Isaac currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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Born 1975, New Brunswick, Canada
Lives and works in Toronto, Canada

Education

1997
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC

1996
Cardiff Institute of Art and Design, Cardiff, Wales, UK

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017
High Gloss Ceilings, Cooper Cole, Toronto

2016
Pwycobo, Weird Things, Toronto, Canada
Thoughts on the Rocks (with Mark Delong), Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2014
The Sponges, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto     , Canada

2012
Second Eye, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2010
Antique Sky, LES Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
There is a Giant, Underground Mushroom Living in Oregon, Silver Flag Projects, Montreal, Canada
The Zone of No Ideas, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

2009
Flower Paintings, CSA Space, Vancouver, Canada

2008
The Energy of The Sun, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

2007
The Beauty of Things, In This World, Now and Always, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Canada
Road Trip Paintings, othergallery, Winnipeg, Canada

2005
CUE Foundation, New York (catalogue)

2004
Maritime Frazetta, Greener Pastures Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada
Elemental Brooker (with Robin Fry), Xeno Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2003
New Age Philosophy, Acuna-Hansen Gallery Project Space, Los Angeles, USA

2002
The Matlock Juxtapoze, Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada
Misty Horizon, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

2001
Hinterland, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada
Watering Hole, Solo Exhibition Space, Toronto, Canada

2000
Pleasurenaut, Bus Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1998
Recent Paintings, Third Avenue Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

1997
New Work, Third Avenue Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

 

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2017
Futurisms, McIntosh Gallery, Western University, London, Canada
Sweat Loaf Hallelujah, soon.tw, Montreal, Canada
Untitled 2011, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

2016
GIFC, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; Happy Ending, New York, USA; Galerie du Jour Agnes B, Paris, France
Unprecious Work (curated by Jess Carroll and Brian Rideout), Laundry Room, Toronto, Canada

2015
Shit, I’m an Artists Artist (curated by Brad Phillips), Galleri Benoni, Denmark
Taste This Sad Cream, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal, Canada
Hotter Than July 24, COOPER COLE Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Broken Colours, Metivier Gallery (curated by Ben Portis), Toronto, Canada

2014
A Drawback, Quartair, The Hague, Netherlands
Off the Grid: Abstract Painting in New Brunswick, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, Canada (catalogue)
Hot House Blackrock/Whiterock, Night Gallery, Toronto, Canada
KnowmoreGames, New York, USA

2012
20 YEARS, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
60 Painters, Toronto, Canada (catalogue)

2011
Title TBA, Krets Galleri, Malmo, Sweden
In and Out of Space, Stewart Hall, Point-Claire, Quebec, Canada
Hunter and Cook Projects, Khyber ICA, Halifax, Canada
93 til Infinity, Katharine Mulherin, Toronto, Canada

2010
Triumphant Carrot: The Persistence of Still-Life, Contemporary Art Gallery, Canada (catalogue)
The International Chilliwack Biennial (Curated by Aaron Carpenter), Chilliwack, Canada
Collection of the Artist (Curated by Brad Phillips), CSA Space, Vancouver, Canada

2009
Massive Uprising (Curated by Ben Portis), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Art on Paper Biennial, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, USA
Das ist einfach schwierig, Kunst in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
Slipstream, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

2008
If you go Into the Woods Today…, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada
Carte Blanche, Vol. 2: Painting, Magenta Foundation

2007
See You Tommorrow, Agnes Etherington Art Center, Kingston, Canada

2006
Art vs Real Life, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, USA
Natural Selection, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada
Darkness Ascends, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada

2005
Jay Isaac, Cue Foundation, New York,

2004
The Cave and the Island (Curated by Xandra Eden), White Columns, New York, USA
The Cave and the Island, Galerie Kunstbeuro, Vienna, Austria
Republic of Love, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2002
Selling Out and Buying In, Biz Art, Shanghai (catalogue)
Synthetic Psychosis (catalogue), Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada
Officina America (catalogue), Galleria d’art moderna di Bologna, Italy

2001
Breakfast of Champeens, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada
Instant Coffee Miniature Show, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

2000
Pretty, Please (Curated by Ingrid Chu), Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, Canada
Emerging Artists, Gallery One, Toronto, Canada

1999
Nog A Dod, Moonbase Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Awards

2017
Canada Council Project Grant

2015
Ontario Arts Council, Mid Career Project Grant

2014
Canada Council Project Grant

2013
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

2010
Toronto Arts Council Level Two Creation Grant

2007
New Brunswick Arts Council Project Grant

2005
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

2003
Canada Council Travel Grant
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
Ontario Arts Council Creation Grant
Toronto Arts Council Creation Grant

2002
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

2000
Ontario Arts Council Creation Grant
Toronto Arts Council Level One Creation Grant

1998
Canada Council Emerging Artist Grant
Canada Council Travel Grant

1997
PADAC Art Award

1996
New Brunswick Juried Arts Award
ECIAD Tuition Scholarship

Bibliography

2015
Rhodes, Richard, “Jay Isaac Paints Through Problems” Canadian Art online, March 23

2014
Phillips, Brad. “Jolie Laide (Back)”, ArtSlant Worldwide, May

2013
Langer, Eli, Interview with Jay Isaac, Millions Magazine issue 4, November
Portis, Ben, “Jay Isaac”, Border Crossings Magazine issue 125

2010
Birch, Jesse “Jay Isaac at LES Gallery”, Colour Magazine, 8.5, November
Dick, Terence, “Jay Isaac at Paul Petro”, Akimblog, March 4th
Lauder, Adam, “Think Tanked”, Canadianart .ca, April 22

2009
Glabush, Sky, “Jay Isaac at Paul Petro”, Border Crossings, Spring Issue

2007
Dault, Gary Michael, “Jay Isaac at Paul Petro”, Globe and Mail, Sept 29th

2006
Dault, Gary Michael, “Natural Selection at Paul Petro”, Globe & Mail, Oct.7
Temple, Kevin, “Art vs Real Life; Canadian Stories”, Toronto Star, p.C7, August 27th

2005
Eden, Xandra (curator), Cue Foundation Catalogue

2004
Balzer, David “It’s all about the love”, Eye, Toronto, p. 39, March 25
CBC Radio 3, “Chanelling Brooker”, cbcradio3.com, 14-21 March
Eden, Xandra,, (curator,) “Republic of Love”, Power Plant, Toronto
Demkiw, Janis, “Jay Isaac, Maritime Frazetta”, C Magazine, p.47, Issue 82 Osborne, Catherine, “Maritime Frazetta at Greener Pastures”, National Post, March 7
Sworn, Corinne, “Republic of Love”, Canadian Art, Summer

2002
Barilli, Renato (curator) Officina America, Museum of Modern Art, Bologna (catalogue)
De Vito, Natalie “Selling Out and Buying In”, Biz Art, Shanghai, November
Dault, Gary Michael “Jay Isaac” Globe & Mail, p. R15, 6 April
Garnet, Carla “Synthetic Psychosis” Canadian Art Magazine, Fall, p. 136
Heather, Rosemary “Misty Horizon at Paul Petro” Tema Celeste, vol. #91, May-June
Heather, Rosemary “The Matlock Juxtapoze” Mercer Union, Toronto, October
Hirschmann, Thomas “Pulp fantasies” Now, 28 March
Milroy, Sarah “Critic’s Choice” Globe & Mail, p. R21, 6 April
Vaughan, R.M., “Isaac’s fantastic journey” Eye Toronto, 28 March
Vaughan, R. M., “All the pretty young things” Globe & Mail, p. V4, 11 May
“Officina America”, Tema Celeste #89, February

2001
Dault, Gary Michael “Jay Isaac” Globe & Mail, p. R20, 7 April
Hanna, Deirdre “Rococo romp” Now, p.81, 22 March
“Pretty, Please at Blackwood Gallery” Flash Art #216, p. 50, Jan. – Feb.

2000
Eden, Xandra “Pleasurenaut at Bus Gallery” Lola #7, p. 30, August
Hanna, Deirdre “Christmas Spice” Now, p.77, 14 December
Jordan, Betty Ann, Toronto Life, p. 30, August
McKay, Gillian “Pleasurenaut at Bus Gallery” Globe & Mail, p. R13, 10 June
Vaughan, R.M., Eye Toronto, p. 39, 28 December 

Residencies 

2005
CUE Foundation, New York

Public Collections

Beaverbrook Gallery, Fredericton, NB
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
Agnes Etherington Art Center, Kingston, ON
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
MacDonald Stewart Art Center, Guelph, ON
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, Toronto, ON
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery, Owen Sound, ON

 

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