John Lennard Print Biography

John Lennard has lived the life of both a professional musician and artist. His interest in art was first inspired by seeing the galleries of Europe while touring as a rock and roll musician in the early eighties. John then spent time in New York studying jazz, where he met the painter Richard Pitts who encouraged him to pursue his artistic talents. His first major step into the art world was his stay at the International School of Art in Italy studying under Nicolas Carone. This experience and Carone’s mentorship remain one of John’s strongest artistic influences.

John has since held studios in Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and Toronto. Travel and nature continue to be the greatest inspirations in his painting. His first museum show was held at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie in 2006 and was entitled “The Artist as Traveler”. While living in Barcelona in 2008, John was one of seven international artists featured in the newspaper Catalonia Today and his work can be found in both corporate and private collections throughout North America, Europe, and Hong Kong.

John’s intention in painting is to incorporate the lyrical sense of harmony, tension, rhythms and space into a visual experience. He is a true lover of the tradition of painting and is continually analyzing the work of master artists in his search for his own creativity.

Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Thielsen Gallery, London, Ontario

Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Solo Show – “Paintings from Paris and Barcelona”


MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Regional Solo Show – “The Artist as a Traveler”
May to August

2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

International Art Fair, Toronto, Ontario
Group show with the Roberts Gallery


Hotel Templiers, Collioure, France
Permanent exhibition


Prince Street Gallery, New York
Solo Show


Jamie Kennedy Restaurant, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario
Solo Show


Kraus Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Group Show


Kasper Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Solo Show


International School of Art, Boca Raton, Florida
Group Show


International School of Art, Montecastello di Vibio, Umbria, Italy
Group Show


International School of Art, Montecastello di Vibio, Umbria, Italy
Group Show

Private Collections
Heenan Blaikie Toronto, Ontario
Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington Toronto, Ontario
First Executive Centre Calgary, Alberta
Joe Fung Architects Hong Kong
Private collections in New York, Spain, Scotland, Berlin, and throughout Canada and the United States
Winter 2002

Studio School, New York
Drawing Marathon course

Summer 1996

International School Art, Montecastello di Vibio, Umbria, Italy
Summer session studying with Nick Carone

Summer 1995

Art Students League of New York
Figure drawing

Summer 1994

International School Art, Montecastello di Vibio, Umbria, Italy
Summer session studying with Nick Carone

1992 to 1994

Ontario College of Art and Design
Drawing and painting

1989 to 1993

Toronto School of Art
Drawing and painting

1988 to 1989

Art Gallery of Ontario
Figure drawing

1978 to 1981

University of Western Ontario
Bachelor of Arts – Social Sciences

May 2007 to May 2008

Lived and painted in Paris, France and Barcelona, Spain
Held studios in both cities sharing space and ideas with highly accomplished international artists

Oct. to Nov. 2005

Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Invitation by a professor to paint and lecture

Mar. to May 2005

Painted in Paris, Collioure and Céret, France
In Collioure, painted with a group of artists on international grants

Winter 2004 Painted in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Spring 2003 Painted in St. Petersburg, Russia
Mar. to Aug. 2000 Lived and painted in Paris, Berlin and Tangiers
Other Accomplishments

John has been an international recording saxophonist for twenty years. He was also captain of the University of Western Ontario squash team when it won the NCAA championships.