Jay Isaac

Jay Isaac: Twenty Years

a collection-based survey
July 12 - August 17, 2019
Opening Reception Friday July 12, 7-10pm


Untitled from The Sponges series

Untitled from The Sponges series, 2014
acrylic, sand and chalk on canvas
85 x 65 inches

Paul Petro Contemporary art is pleased to present a collection-based survey of work by Jay Isaac. Spanning twenty years, the exhibition includes painting, sculpture, work on paper and photography. This first-time survey will bring together a broad yet incisive range of the artist's formal and conceptual concerns and will provide a viewing experience through which new connections can be forged. Jay Isaac: Twenty Years is a precursor to an exhibition of new work, Midnight Repairs, opening Friday September 6, 2019.

Jay Isaac (b.1975, St John, NB,) studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC (1993-1997) and at the Cardiff Institute of Art and Design, Cardiff, Wales (1996). His work has been widely exhibited, with notable exhibitions at Galleria d’art moderna di Bologna, Bologna; MOCA Toronto; Mercer Union, Toronto; Galerie Kunstbuero, Vienna; The Power Plant, Toronto; White Columns, New York; Cue Art Foundation, New York; Agnes Etherington Art Center, Kingston, ON; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; The AGO, Toronto; CAG, Vancouver; Night Gallery, LA; Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto/Vancouver; Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB; soon.tw, Montreal; David Risley Gallery Copenhagen; McIntosh Gallery, London, ON; Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto. He was co-founder and publisher of Hunter and Cook Magazine (2009-2011) and founded and ran the @nationalgalleryofcanada Instagram account (2015-2016). He has been the recipient of numerous awards including, most recently, Canada Council project grants (2017 and 2018) and an Ontario Arts Council grant (2018). Isaac's work can be found in numerous public and corporate collections in Canada. Isaac lives and works in Toronto, Canada and is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art.