John Lennard does it all – musician, artist and athlete.
Lennard’s artistic awakening came during the 1980’s as he was touring European capitals with his punk band Theatre of Hate. After returning to Toronto, Lennard studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design (now OCADU), the Art Students League in New York and the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy.
Lennard’s style can be attributed to his admiration of the work of modern masters, both Canadian and European. However, each work carries within it an unmistakable contemporary sensibility. He listens to his own inner voice. Lennard often paints his surroundings, interpreting what he sees – people, places, interiors, urbanscapes and landscapes.
His first solo public gallery show was held in 2006 at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie and was entitled, The Artist as Traveler. In 2011, John Lennard was one of 29 artists selected by the Art Dealers Association of Canada to be shown at The Armory Show in New York City. Lennard exhibits extensively at galleries across the country – often with sold-out shows. His work is held in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States and Europe. In his spare time, Lennard still plays music, and is the head coach of the University of Toronto men's squash team.
This painting, Rushing the Red Line, is inspired by a great Canadian pastime – the outdoor hockey rink under a starry night sky. In a series of three small and two large works, Lennard explored the feeling created when the puck passes the red line.
“At this point, you are out of your comfort zone, you’re on the offensive. This is when you need to concentrate on success, the rush is both physical and emotional. You feel very present – even in the memory of the experience.”
Rushing the Red Line, 2011
oil on linen
60”h x 48”w