John Paul Kesling (American, b. 1980) was born and raised in Northeastern Kentucky in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. In 2003 he received his BFA in Arts from Morehead State University (Morehead, KY) and spent a semester in Europe studying art history. In 2010, he received his MFA in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design. He spent the next six years in Brooklyn, NY immersed in the NYC art scene. In March of 2016, while attending a month-long residency at The Vermont Studio Center he realized how integral time, space, and nature were to his studio practice and later that year, relocated to Nashville, TN. His work has recently been featured in various group exhibitions at The Parthenon, Nashville, TN; CultureLab LIC, Queens, NY; Piano Craft Gallery, Boston, MA; New York Hall of Science & SciArts Initiative, Queens, NY; Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY; I Like Your Work Podcast (online and print), ArtMaze Mag (online and print); and Create Magazine (online). In 2022 he was accepted to the White Columns Curated Online Artist Registry (New York, NY) and his work was recently added to the Soho House Nashville's permanent collection. He has had recent solo shows at Wheelhouse Arts (Louisville, KY), Oz Arts (Nashville, TN) and The Red Arrow Gallery (Nashville, TN). He's currently represented by The Red Arrow Gallery (Nashville, TN) and Wheelhouse Art (Louisville, KY) and has a dog named Maggie.