Born 1975, Saint John, NB

EDUCATION

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

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017                        Untitled 2011, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
2016                       GIFC, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen; Happy Ending, New York; Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm; Agnes B's Galerie du Jour, Paris
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                       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

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
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

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

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

RESIDENCIES

2005                     CUEFoundation, New York

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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", cbcradio3.com,  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
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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
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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
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 CATALOGUES

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