“My profound love and respect for art history, particularly cubism and fauvism, influence my work. I often portray narratives of love, reflections on solitude, childhood memories, and embed historical cameos and references into my creations. The central characters in my paintings are individuals, places, and even objects imbued with an enigmatic sense of self-reflection.”
Born in Montreal in 1960, John F. Marok is a nationally recognized artist. A graduate of Concordia University in Montreal (1982), he specialized in painting and studied under such luminaries as Guido Molinari, John Fox and Tom Hopkins. He is the recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), as well as grants from the Canada Council and Quebec's ministère de la Culture. He has been a regularly exhibiting artist since 1980 and his work has been exhibited across the country and has been collected by several museums including le Musée du Québec, Musée d’art Contemporain in Montreal, Canada Council Art Bank in Ottawa, Calgary's Nickel Arts Museum and the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre in Kingston. Marok’s paintings hang in many private collections, as well as in the collections of the University of Ottawa, the University of Quebec, McGill university, the City of Ottawa and the City of Gatineau. For the past 30 years, Marok has lived and worked in Wakefield, Quebec, a quaint little village in the Gatineau Hills, where he paints full-time.