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As a contemporary artist, John Kissick is known for his critically acclaimed abstract paintings, which have a hybrid pictorial space and reconcile historical references and current pop culture. His work has been shown in galleries such as the Katzman Contemporary and Leo Kamen Gallery in Toronto, the Michael Gibson Gallery in London, Ontario, the Peter Wide Gallery in Berlin, and others. His over thirty solo exhibitions include exhibitions in Canada, the USA and Germany as well as two nationwide tours with extensive catalogs.
In 2008, his exhibition "Fever Visions and Abstract Rapture" at the Leo Kamen Gallery aimed to introduce an abstract pictorial strategy similar to the Fever Visions, a term coined in the 1920s to describe visual delirium. The mid-career survey, which toured with the title "A Nervous Decade" from 2010 to 2012, brought together 19 paintings from public and private collections across Canada and included one major publication. In 2016 his painting The Burning of the Houses of Cool Man, Yeah, was shown at Katzman Contemporary in Toronto and was subsequently part of a large survey on Canadian painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Most recently, John Kissick presented his solo exhibition “Too Near the Bone”, which was on view from July 10th to August 13th, 2020 at the Gallery House in Toronto. The exhibition marks a transition for the artist exploring a more atmospheric space and making expressive gestures. The work is partly inspired by the late paintings by J. M. W. Turner, which in turn are critically examined for their abstract potential.
John Kissick has received critical acclaim and has been featured in various articles in well-known publications such as Globe and Mail, National Post, Canadian Art Magazine, New Art Examiner, Post Gazette, and Border Crossings Magazine.
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