John Monteith

Born in 1973 - Canada


John Monteith is a Canadian artist who creates drawings and paintings based on his perceptive sensitivity of architectural space and scale. He lives and works in Berlin.

He studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design where he graduated in 1997. He then earned a Master of Fine Arts at the Parsons The New School for Design, New York in 2008.

John Monteith draws painstakingly with graphite, oil paint or wax and pigment on drafting film.

With a focus on method of construction – evocative of a Constructivist and Concrete approach to art making, Monteith works in layers and with single shapes that grow in multitude. His works maintain a multi-dimensional, vibratory, dynamic tension.

John Monteith’s overall approach to art making traces its ideological origins back to Andreas Huyssens concepts of the palimpsestic nature of the urban sphere. His practice has deep connections to the ideas of “urban relativity” as suggested by Constant Nieuwenhuys (particularly, Nieuwenhuys’ New Babylon project), Guy Debord and Asger Jorn.

John Monteith has been awarded grants from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and Parsons The New School for Design. His works are displayed in various international private and corporate collections, which include the TD Bank Canada, the I3 Investors Group and the New School, New York.

Monteith has exhibited internationally in diverse solo and group exhibitions, including the Tate Modern and MoMA PS1.

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At Night All Cats Are Grey, O’Born Contemporary, Toronto, ON
Memorial Day, O’Born Contemporary, Toronto, ON
Grace, The Artlog Loft, Brooklyn, NY
Lost Highway, O’Born Contemporary, Toronto, ON
River’s Edge, Dumbo Art Under The Bridge Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Undercurrents, XEXE Gallery, Toronto, ON
(Re) constructing Love, XEXE Gallery, Toronto, ON
Christopher, Solo Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Concealed Weapon, Galerie Accidentelle, Montreal, QC
am: After Midnight, XEXE Gallery, Toronto, ON


Not Yet Titled, Space Station Gallery, Beijing, China
Not Yet Titled, Marra.tein, Beirut, Lebanon
Stories Told, O’Born Contemporary, Toronto, ON
New Associations, SALTS, Basel, Switzerland, Curated by Elise Lammer
Reconstalation, Prak-sis N3w M3edia Art Festival, Chicago, IL
Vector Issue 5, Schau Fenster, Raum für Kunst, Berlin, Germany
The Assemblance of Presence, Galerie Wenger, Zurich, Switzerland
Echoing Nostalgia, San Art, curated by Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran, Ho Chi
Minh City, Vietnam
Under New Management, ODD Gallery, The Klondike Institute of Art
and Culture, curated by Suzanne Carte & Su-Ying Lee, Dawson City, Yukon
Translation, O’Born Contemporary, Toronto, ON, Curated by Rachel Farquharson
Up Against It, Munch Gallery, Manhattan, NY, Curated by Billy Miller
10x10, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
Petit-Mort: Recollections of a Queer Public, Forever and Today, Manhattan, NY
B-B-B-B-Bad, Anna Kustera Gallery, Manhattan, NY, Curated by Billy Miller and Doug McClemont
CitySpeaks; A Conversation at the Dinner Table, Atelier Oliver Kunkel, presented by CAT Cologne, Cologne, Germany
No Soul For Sale, K-48 Kontinuum; The Tate Modern, London, England
NY Art Book Fair “Straight To Hell Outpost,” PS1 Long Island City, NY
131, O’Born Contemporary, Toronto, ON
Geometry and Gesture, Elga Wimmer Gallery, Manhattan, NY
No Soul For Sale, K-48 Kontinuum; X-Initiative, Manhattan, NY
Overlap, Elga Wimmer Gallery, Manhattan, NY
Paper In the Wind, Thomas Jaeckel Gallery, Manhattan, NY
Summer Camp; Like a Moth to the Flame, Exile, Berlin, Germany
Zwischen, Galerie Stefan Ropke, Cologne, Germany
K-48, John Connelly Presents, Manhattan, NY
O Canada, Gallery MC, Manhattan NY, Curated by Miriam Katz
Parsons MFA Exhibition, The Kitchen, Manhattan NY
Art With Heart, The Carlu with Ritchies Auctioneers and Appraisers, Toronto
Signs of Life, 141 North 7th St, Williamsburg, NY, Curated by David Gibson
Glocal, Canadian Art Foundation, Toronto, ON 2006
Art In The Workplace, The Investors Group in Association with The
Toronto Arts Council, Toronto, ON Curated by William Huffman


Drawing Now Paris, Paris, France, Galerie Wenger, Zurich, Switzerland
Art Toronto, O’Born Contemporary,Toronto, ON
Drawing Now Paris, Paris, France, Galerie Wenger, Zurich, Switzerland
Kunst 13 Zurich, Galerie Wenger, Zurich, Switzerland
Art Toronto, O’Born Contemporary, Toronto, ON
The Expat Effect, Canadian Art Dealers Association, The Armory Show, Manhattan NY
Closer To God, Curatorial Project, The AAF, Manhattan, NY
Hide and Seek; Living Room Project, Flux Factory in collaboration with
Aqua Art Fair, Miami, FL
Reading Room, Pulse Art Fair, Manhattan NY, Curated by Jeffrey Walkowiak
Perpetual Motion, Toronto Alternative Art Fair International, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
Gallery Commission, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery,Toronto, ON

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