John Killmaster

My interest as an artist is to witness to the gift of life and vision: my artistic endeavor is a search of something ineffable--that which cannot be spoken, but I continue to pursue an expressive, sublime visual statement in color and shape--perhaps beyond reach.

  • Drawing
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Artist Bio

I received my Bachelor of Arts at Hope College, Holland, Michigan in 1968, then my Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan  in 1969.  I worked as a designer/illustrator in Detroit and New York.  Also worked in advertising for General Motors, Ford and Chrysler corporations in the 1950's and 1960's.  In 1970, I moved to Boise and became Professor of Art at Boise State University until 1997.  I taught painting, drawing, illustration and enameling.  Upon retirment in 1997, I taught workshops throughout the United States in painting and enameling.  I have exhibited my work in Italy, Germany, Russia, Japan, Greece , Spain, Australia and Israel.  I have shown my work at the Smithsonian, DenverArt Museum, San Fransico Museum of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum and in New York City.  I received the Idaho Govenor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, in 1978.  I was awarded a lifetime acheivement award, in 2022, by the International Enamilist Society.

Wild Horse Canyon
John Plein  Air in the Owyhees
South of Sun Valley