Born 1975, Saint John, NB

1993-97  Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC -  Four-year studio program
1996  Cardiff Institute of Art and Design, Cardiff, Wales, UK


2019 Midnight Repairs, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto (forthcoming)
2019 Jay Isaac: Twenty Years, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto (forthcoming)
2017  High Gloss Ceilings, Cooper Cole, Toronto
2016  Pwycobo, Weird Things, Toronto
2016  Thoughts on the Rocks, (two person with Mark Delong), Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver
2014  The Sponges, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver
2012  Second Eye, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto
2010  Antique Sky, LES Gallery, Vancouver
2010  There is a Giant, Underground Mushroom Living in Oregon , Silver Flag Projects, Montreal
2010  The Zone of No Ideas, Paul Petro Contemporary Art
2009  Flower Paintings, CSA Space, Vancouver                     
2008  The Energy of The Sun, Paul Petro Contemporary Art
2007  The Beauty of Things,In This World, Now and Always, Paul Petro Contemporary Art
2007  Road Trip Paintings, othergallery, Winnipeg
2005  CUE Foundation, New York (catalogue)
2004  Maritime Frazetta, Greener Pastures Contemporary Art, Toronto
2004  Elemental Brooker, Xeno Gallery, Vancouver (Collaborative show with Robin Fry)
2003  New Age Philosophy , Acuna-Hansen Gallery Project Space, Los Angeles
2002  The Matlock Juxtapoze, Mercer Union, Toronto
2002  Misty Horizon,  Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
2001  Hinterland,  Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
2001  Watering Hole,  Solo Exhibition Space, Toronto
2000  Pleasurenaut,  Bus Gallery, Toronto


2019 Skill Tree, Honey Ramka, Brooklyn, New York
2018 Peanuts Gallery, Vancouver, Three person exhibition with Shaye Saint John and Shannon Lucy
2017  Harper's Books at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles 
2018 Sweat Loaf Hallelujah,, Montreal
2017 Futurisms, McIntosh Gallery, Western University, London, ON, curated by Adam Lauder (cat.)
2017  Untitled 2011, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
2016  GIFC, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen; Happy Ending, New York; Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm; Agnes B's Galeri du Jour, Pari
2016  Unprecious Work, Laundry Room, Toronto, curated by Jess Carroll and Brian Rideout
2015 Shit, I'm an Artists Artist, Galleri Benoni, Denmark, Curated by Brad Phillips
2015  Taste this Sad Cream, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal
2015  Hotter Than July 24th, Cooper Cole, Toronto 2015
2015  Broken Colours, Metivier Gallery, Toronto, Curated by Ben Portis
2014  Hothouse, BlackRock/WhiteRock, Harlem, New York
2014  Off the Grid,Abstract Painting in New Brunswick, Beaverbrook Gallery, Frederiction
2014  A Drawback, Quartair, The Hague, Netherland
2012  20 Years, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver
2011  Hunter and Cook Presents, Night Gallery, Los Angeles
2011  Family Shirt, Gallerie Krets, Malmo Sweden, Curated by Matt Feyld
2011  In and Out of Space, Stewart Hall, Point-Claire, Quebec
2011  Hunter and Cook Projects, Khyber ICA, Halifax
2011  93 til Infinity, Katharine Mulherin, Toronto
2010  Triumphant Carrot: The Persistence of Still-Life, Contemporary Art Gallery,Vancouver (cat.)
2010  The International Chilliwack Biennial, Chilliwack, BC, Curated by Aaron Carpenter
2010  Collection of the Artist, CSA Space, Vancouver, Curated by Brad Phillips
2009  Massive Uprising, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Curated by Ben Portis
2009  Art on Paper Biennial, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina
2009  Das ist einfach schwierig, Kunst in Kreuzberg, Berlin
2007  See You Tommorrow, Agnes Etherington Art Center, Kingston
2006  Art vs Real Life, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York
2006  Natural Selection, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
2006  Darkness Ascends, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto
2004 The Cave and the Island, White Columns, New York, Curated by Xandra Eden
2004  The Cave and the Island, Galerie Kunstbeuro, Vienna
2004  Republic of Love, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto
2002  Selling Out and Buying In, Biz Art, Shanghai (catalogue)
2002  Synthetic Psychosis, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (catalogue)
2002  Officina America, Galleria d'art moderna di Bologna, Italy(catalogue)
2001  Breakfast of Champeens,  Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
2001  Instant Coffee Miniature Show,  Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
2000  Pretty, Please,  Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, Curated by Ingrid Chu
2000  Emerging Artists,  Gallery One, Toronto

Canada Council Project Grant
2018  Ontario Arts Council Project Grant
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
2003  Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
2003  Ontario Arts Council Creation Grant
2003  Toronto Arts Council Creation Grant
2002  Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
2000  Ontario Arts Council Creation Grant
2000  Toronto Arts Council Level One Creation Grant
1998  Canada Council Emerging Artist Grant
1998  Canada Council Travel Grant
1997  PADAC Art Award

Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick
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

2005  CUE Foundation, New York

Balzer, David "It’s all about the love", Eye, Toronto, p. 39, March 25, 2004
Birch, Jesse “Jay Isaac at LES Gallery”, Colour Magazine, 8.5,  November, 2010
Barilli, Renato (curator)  Officina America, Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, 2002 (catalogue)
CBC Radio 3, "Chanelling Brooker",,  14-21 March 2004
Dault, Gary Michael"Jay Isaac"  Globe & Mail, p. R15, 6 April 2002
Dault, Gary Michael, “Natural Selection at Paul Petro”, Globe & Mail, Oct. 7, 2006
Dault, Gary Michael, “Jay Isaac at Paul Petro”, Globe and Mail, Sept 29th, 2007
Demkiw, Janis, "Jay Isaac, Maritime Frazetta", C Magazine, p.47, Issue 82, 2004
Dick, Terence, “Jay Isaac at Paul Petro”, Akimblog, March 4th , 2010
De Vito, Natalie"Selling Out and Buying In", Biz Art, Shanghai, November 2002 (catalogue)
Eden, Xandra"Pleasurenaut at Bus Gallery"  Lola #7, p. 30, August 2000
Eden, Xandra,, (curator,) "Republic of Love", Power Plant, Toronto, 2004 (catalogue)
Eden, Xandra, (curator), Cue Foundation Catalogue, 2005
Garnet, Carla"Synthetic Psychosis"  Canadian Art Magazine, Fall 2002, p. 136
Glabush, Sky, "Jay Isaac at Paul Petro", Border Crossings, Spring Issue, 2009
Hanna, Deirdre"Rococo romp"  Now, p.81, 22 March 2001
Heather, Rosemary"Misty Horizon at Paul Petro"  Tema Celeste, vol. #91,  May-June 2002
Heather, Rosemary"The Matlock Juxtapoze"  Mercer Union, Toronto, October 2002 (catalogue)
Hirschmann, Thomas"Pulp fantasies" Now, 28 March 2002
Langer, Eli, Interview with Jay Isaac, Millions Magazine, Issue 4, Nov. 2013
Lauder, Adam, “Think Tanked”, Canadianart .ca, April 22, 2010
Lauder, Adam, “The Old New Abstraction”. Canadian Art, Summer Issue, 2013
McKay, Gillian"Pleasurenaut at Bus Gallery"  Globe & Mail, p. R13, 10 June 2000
Miller, Earl, "Jay Isaac", Border Crossings Magazine, page 91, Issue 146, 2018
Osborne, Catherine, “Maritime Frazetta at Greener Pastures”, National Post, March 7, 2004
Phillips, Brad, “Jolie Laide (Back), Artslant, May, 2014
Portis, Ben, “Jay Isaac”, Border Crossings Magazine, Issue #125, Winter, 2013
Rhodes, Richard, "Jay Isaac Paints Through Problems", Canadian Art online March 14th, 2015
Sworn, Corinne, "Republic of Love", Canadian Art, Summer , 2004
Temple, Kevin, “Art vs Real Life; Canadian Stories”, TorontoStar, p.C7, August 27th, 2006
Time Out Toronto, “Space Oddities”, p.185
Vaughan, R.M., "Isaac's fantastic journey"  Eye Toronto, 28 March 2002
Vaughan, R. M., "All the pretty young things"  Globe & Mail, p. V4, 11 May 2002

Futurisms, McIntosh Gallery, 2018, essays by Adam Lauder
Off the Grid, Abstract Painting in New Brunswick, 2014, Beaverbrook Art Gallery
60 Painters, 2012
Triumphant Carrot: The Persistence of Still Life, 2010, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
Carte Blanche, Vol.2: Painting, 2008, Magenta Foundation
Jay Isaac, 2005, CUE Foundation, NY
Officina America, 2002, Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, Italy
Selling out and Buying in, 2002. BizArt, Shanghai, China