John N. Inglis was born in Toronto in 1931. In 1952, he graduated with honours in Drawing and Painting from the Ontario College of Art (OCA).
From the late Fifties until he joined the OCA Faculty in 1961, John taught drawing and painting with many Ontario arts organizations including Department of Education summer courses in art held at OCA from 1962 to 1967 and evening classes until 1968. After becoming a full-time member of OCA Faculty in 1965, John served as Acting Chair of Foundation Studies and the Fine Art Department over three separate academic years and was the OCA Florence off-campus studies Co-ordinator in 1978/79.
In 1987, John was elected Chair of the Fine Art Department and served until his retirement in 1990 at which time, he received the A.J. Casson Award for Distinguished Service to OCA.
John has participated in numerous group shows and has held several solo exhibitions throughout his career. In 1977 he was elected to membership with the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) and has participated in the CSPWCâ€™s annual group shows over the years to the present time receiving many of its awards including its highest award, the A.J. Casson medal in1994. In 2012, John was made a Life Member of the CSPWC.
In conjunction with OCADUâ€™s first Alumni Exhibition at the Art Square Gallery in November 2010, John Inglis launched his book: In Quest of a Countenance: A Search for Meaning in a World in Transition. He is a Council member of the OCADU Alumni Association and in 2012, received the Alumni Emeritus Member Designation “in recognition of long term dedicated service to the Alumni Association and to the OCAD University.â€ť John is a professional member of the Arts and Letters Club, Toronto.