|Major influences on my work include two years of travel and art/language studies in Europe as a teen-ager and interactions with artists like Roy De Forest, Manuel Neri, Wayne Thiebault, and others who pointed me in a variety of sometimes confusing directions in the course of MFA studies at the University of California in the early 70s.After six years teaching sciences in Rwanda (Central Africa) I moved with my family to Alberta where I have been teaching and painting since 1980.
My experience of painting is that it is a form of sublimation – i.e. a means of channeling excess energy, partly sexual no doubt but also existential/religious; yet it is also a means of exploring the tensions that I feel in my own life between the rational and the irrational.Bluntly stated, the interactions among the scientific, artistic, and religious sides of my personality are often far from harmonious and art (including time for reading, reflection etc) is a sine qua non for maintaining peace in the psychic household.
For years I have found similar tensions in the art of medieval Northern Europe (hence my preoccupation with the work of Hieronymus Bosch, Hans Memling, etc).
More recently, however, I have begun to see that same friction (i.e. between Rational and Irrational, Ego and Id, Apollo and Dionysus) in the art and religion of the late Roman Empire.
PhD, University of Alberta, (Curriculum and Instruction), 1990
MFA, Studio Art, University of California, 1972
MSPH, Biostatistics, Loma Linda University, 1970
BA, French, Loma Linda University, 1969
Professor, Departments of Art and Education
Canadian University College; Lacombe, Alberta (Canada).
1980 - present Canadian University College]
Courses taught include studio art classes (painting, drawing, ceramics), art history, C&I elementary art methods, and Instructional techniques in secondary education.Other responsibilities include practicum supervision and committee work in the School of Education.
I also taught secondary-level classes (art, French, and English) in the high school on the CUC campus from 1980 until about 1995. .
1973-79 Gitwe College, Rwanda, Africa
Teacher - mainly secondary level physics and
1971-72 University of California (Davis campus)
March 2004 Gallery One, Toronto, Ontario.
Unusual Suspects (group show).
2004 Art is Vital Gallery.Calgary, Alberta.
END OF LEASE - Group Show
2003 Art is Vital Gallery.Calgary, Alberta.
TEN - Group Show
2002 Art is Vital Gallery.Calgary, Alberta.
PERPETUAL BOND - Group Show
2001 Art is Vital Gallery.Calgary, Alberta.
FIGURED - Group Show
2000 Art is Vital Gallery.Calgary, Alberta.
PERCEPTIONS - Group Show
1999 Art is Vital Gallery.Calgary, Alberta.
LOST SAINTS, FORGOTTEN ANGELS - Solo Exhibition
1999 Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
OF EQUAL SIGNIFICANCE - THE LANDSCAPE & THE FIGURE
1999 Ann Nathan Gallery.Chicago, Illinois.
PAINTINGS,SCULPTURES, IMAGES - Group Show
1998 P’Artisan Art Society Group Exhibition. Red
1995 Vital Passages, Group Exhibition (feature show,
The Works). Commerce Place, Edmonton
1995 Recent Works by John Hoyt, solo show, Old Court
House Gallery, Red Deer, Alberta
1994 A Celebration of the Arts, Group Exhibition, Old
Court House Gallery, Red Deer, Alberta
1993 Medici Foundation Finalists; ManuLife Place,
1993-96 Medici Foundation Alumni, Edmonton Municipal
1993 Dreams of Love and Death,solo show,
Old Court House Gallery,Red Deer, Alberta
1992 A Celebration of the Arts,Group Exhibition, Old
Court House Gallery, Red Deer, Alberta
1986 Paleozoic Peregrinations,solo show,
Second Story Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1984 Group Exhibition for Second National Association of
Adventist Forums, Loma Linda, California
1983 Passion and Reverence, Group Show,
Del Webb Memorial Library,Loma Linda, California;
1983 Group Show, Multicultural Heritage Centre,
1982 Paintings featured at the Chapman Gallery,
Red Deer, Alberta
1978 Paintings featured at the American Cultural Center,
Kigali, Rwanda; June, 1978.(Two-man show
with Rwandan sculptor Jean Sebukangaga).
Visual Arts Project Grant: Alberta Foundation for the Arts.Funding awarded for work on the Mystery Play painting series: May, 1996.
Artist of the Year Award;Red Deer and District Allied Arts Council: April, 1994.
J. P. Taylor Award for Excellence in Art;Medici Art Foundation: October, 1993.
Seed Grant for on-going artistic endeavour; awarded by Canadian Union College Committee for Research and Publication: 1989 to present (monetary award renewed on a yearly basis).
INTERVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS
“John Hoyt: Creative Combustion.”Outlooks (an Alberta Arts and Entertainment weekly), July 2000.
"Private Religion, Private Hell."Cover article, Alberta Report,December 13, 1993.
Interview, Arts Alberta,CKUA, broadcast April 26 and 27, 1992.
Interview and discussion of paintings, CKRD TV: Dialogue, November 5, 1982.
Numerous other articles and reviews may be found in my portfolio, including items from the Edmonton Journal, Red Deer Advocate, Arts Bridge, and Artichoke.
Published article: "Cracking Nuts or Peeling Onions?" Lead article for a series entitled "The Many Faces of God"; in Spectrum (the journal of the Association of Adventist Forums); October, 1993; p. 14.
Unpublished dissertation: Line and Labyrinth: A Study of Temporality and the Curriculum.Presented to the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta; September, 1990.