JOHN PAUL KESLING BIO

John Paul Kesling was born and raised on the banks of the Ohio River, spending much of his time outdoors. He attended Morehead State University in Morehead, KY for his BFA in Arts and spent a semester in Europe studying art history. Kesling went on to receive his MFA in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010. He spent the next six years in Brooklyn, NY immersed in the NYC art scene. In March of 2016, he attended a month-long residency at The Vermont Studio Center. While there, he realized how integral time, space, and nature were to his studio practice and in July, 2016 he relocated to Madison, TN. He now owns a dog.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

What is important to me in my work isn't a complex or intellectual concept. Through intuition and humor, nostalgia and conversation, I seek honesty through imagery. Painting has a long and diverse history, but the work that resonates with me has always been that made from personality. In the end though, I think humans mostly make things to impress a boy or a girl and that seems pretty okay too.

 

EDUCATION

2011    Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA MFA in Painting

2003    Morehead State University, Morehead, KY BA in Art (emphasis in painting)

2002    Murray State University, Murray, KY Kentucky Institute for International Studies Study Abroad Program (KIIS-Summer), Bregenz, Austria 

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2019    Azule (May), Hot Springs, NC

2018    Art Residency Chattanooga (A.R.C) - STAR Program (December), Chattanooga, TN

2016    Vermont Studio Center (March), Fellowship Award, Johnson, VT

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021    Tippy Toes, The Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville, TN

2020    Pony Daddy, Tim Faulkner Gallery, Louisville, KY

2019    Camping Alone, Oz Arts Nashville, Nashville, TN

            Panic And Purpose, The Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville, TN

2017    Broken Mic, Galerie Tangerine, Nashville, TN

2009    b. 1980, The Strider Gallery, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

2008    My Coffee and My Beard (Thesis Exhibition), Moon River Brewing Company, Savannah, GA

2007    John Paul Kesling: A Celebration of Mediocrity, Desot-O-Row Gallery, Savannah, GA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021    Good Bones, (curated by Catherine Haggerty), I Like Your Work Podcast

            International Biennial Portrait Competition, (Juror: David Hummer), Wassau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wassau, WI

            ArtFields, April 23rd-May 1st, Lake City, SC

2020    Culture of Contamination, New York Hall of Science & SciArts Initiative, Queens, NY

            Breathless, The Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville, TN

            12th Annual National Juried Exhibition, (Juror: Susan Lichtman), Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY

2019    FieldDaze, Fieldhouse Jones, Nashville, TN

            Works On Paper Holiday Show, The Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville, TN

            Critical Drinking, (Presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon and Fieldhouse Jones) Fieldhouse Jones, Nashville, TN

            Portrait Show, Tim Faulkner Gallery, Louisville, KY

            Group Show, Tim Faulkner Gallery, Louisville, KY

2018    Bevy 2018, Julia Martin Gallery, Nashville, TN Crisis and Excess, The Gallery at Fort Houston, Nashville, TN

2017    Bevy 2017, Julia Martin Gallery, Nashville, TN

2015    People’s Choice Small Works Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            A Weekend at the Old Gem: NYC Salon Showcase, Presented by Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn, NY

            Making History: AIB 2015 Benefit (Curated by Krista Saunders Scenna and Dexter Wimberly, Storefront Ten Eyck Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            New Work City (Curated by Julie Torres), Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY

2014    Second Family (Organized by Julie Torres), Pop Up Show at 2 Rivington St., LES NYC

2011    Greenpoint Gallery First Fall Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            Opening Rejection, Ugly Art Room Governor’s Island Art Fair, Ugly Art Room, Governor’s Island, NY

            Text, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2010    B is for Bear, The Ugly Art Room, Brooklyn, NY

            On The Grid, Camel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

2008    Small Works, Red Gallery, Savannah, GA

            Cultivate Beauty, The 930 Art Center, Louisville, KY

            Go Green or Go Home, Desot-O-Row Gallery, Savannah, GA SCAD

            Open Studio Night, Alexander Hall, Savannah, GA

            Mirror for the 21st Century (curator/juror Helen Pheby, PhD), BECA Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2007    The Dirty Dozen (organized by JuYeon Kim), La Galerie Bleue, Savannah, GA

2006    Art Can Cure (organized by Emily Foster), Orleans Hall, Savannah, GA

2004    The MSU Art Alumni Exhibition (Juried by Joe Sartor), Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead, KY

            Tri-State Art Association Juried Exhibition (Juried by Mark Tobin Moore/Kathryn C. Gillispie), Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV

            MAGI Art Show: 21st Annual Competitive (juried by Betty Plymale), Carl Perkins Community Center, Morehead, KY

            The Cardinal Valley Show (juried by Jeff Chapman Crane), Ashland Area Art Gallery, Ashland, KY

2003    Morehead State University Group Exhibition, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead, KY

2002    Don Quixote In a New World: The American Dream Exhibit, Morehead State University Strider Gallery, Morehead, KY

2001    Circle Winds Group Exhibit, Strider Gallery, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

            Mt. Sterling Annual Student Exhibit (juried), Mt. Sterling Art Gallery, Mt. Sterling, KY

2000    Morehead State University Group Exhibit, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead, KY

1999    The Cardinal Valley Show (juried), Ashland Area Art Gallery, Ashland, KY

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

2016    Fellowship Award, Vermont Studio Center (March)

2005-2008 Graduate Fellowship Award, Savannah College of Art and Design

2004    First Place, Ashland Area Art Gallery Cardinal Valley Juried Exhibition, Ashland, KY

            Honorable Mention- Tri State Art Association Juried Exhibition, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV

 

PUBLICATIONS/PRESS

2019    Nashville Scene March 7-13, 2019, Volume 38, Number 5 (print and online)

2017    Nashville Arts Magazine November 2017 (print and online)

            The Tennessean, September 3, 2017 (print and online)

            Nashville Arts Magazine August 2017 (print and online)

2011    Artnet Magazine Bushwick Open Studios by Emily Nathan  

            Storychord, Issue # 35  

2009    Three works published in SALiT Magazine, Volume 2/Issue 3 2007 Murmur Magazine (April Edition), Savannah, GA