John Gaunt has been active in higher education teaching since 1995. Educated in the United States and abroad, he maintains a studio practice in Minneapolis that embraces generative processes through painting, drawing, and model building.
Building on a career that began with realist painting, Gaunt has distilled his research into an abstract language that is at once gestural and restrained. Interested in the idea of painting and drawing serving as a proposition, the work offers closure yet resists naming—a desirable tension that occupies his current practice.
Gaunt's work has been exhibited regionally and nationally and has been acquired in both public and private collections. He has held numerous visiting-artist and guest-lecturer positions at the Burren College of Art in Ireland, the International Academy Neukloster Germany, School of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Kansas, Gustavus Adolphus College, Cazenovia College, the University of Minnesota, Hamline University, and the University of Wisconsin Stout.