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JAY ISAAC (b. 1975, Saint John, NB, Canada) is a Canadian artist of Lebanese descent. He studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada (1993-1997) and at the Cardiff Institute of Art, 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.
Isaac was co-founder and publisher of Hunter and Cook Magazine (2009-2011) and founded and ran the @nationalgalleryofcanada Instagram account (2015-2016). He is the founder and co-director of Peter Estey Fine Art & Auctions (2018-present) which is an auction house that focuses on secondary market folk, outsider, Inuit and Canadian art. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including most recently: Canada Council Concept to Realization Grant (2022), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2021), Canada Council Research and Creation Grants (2021, 2018, 2017), Chalmers Art Fellowship (2019), Ontario Arts Council Project Grant (2018). Isaac’s work can be found in numerous public and corporate collections in Canada. Isaac lives and works in Rowley, NB, Canada.
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