John Killlmaster is an iconic artist and master of diverse media and art genre. For 27 years he influenced students as a revered art professor at Boise State University. After retiring as a Professor of Art Emeritus in 1997, Killmaster settled in Middleton, Idaho. He has long been inspired by Idaho's spectacular scenery, which is often the subject of his paintings. In recent years, Killmaster has concentrated in large-scale enameled pieces,a medium in which he is an internationally recognized pioneer and innovator, and on large impressionist landscapes and magnificent abstract paintings.
Killmaster's work has been included in juried and invitational exhibits abroad in far-flung places such as Australia, Russia, Japan, Greece, Israel and Canada, and nationally in 11 states reaching from New York to Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Kansas, Idaho, Califomia and Hawaii. His work is also represented in numerous corporate, private, and public collections including those of former Vice President Walter Mondale, WestOne Bancorp, Boise Cascade, Boise Art Museum, and FMC Corporation in Chicago, Illinois.
Killmaster says,"My interest as an artist is to be witness to the gifts of life and vision;to capture not only that which my eye confronts, but to record my interaction both visually and emotionally, with the world around me."
Prior to earning his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Michigan (Hope College and Cranbrook Academyo f Art, respectively), worked as a commercial artist : a designer and illustrator for La Driere Studios, Inc., in Detroit, MI, Chaite Studies, Inc., in New York, and for the General Motors Corporation. Killmaster began teaching at Boise State University in 1970.
Killmaster is the recipient of numerous honors and awards in the arts, including:"The Big Wall" Commission at the Boise Gallery of Art (I974; Idaho's Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts (1978); Jack A. Schaefle Award for Excellence in the Arts (visual) by the Boise City Arts Commission(1990); Boise State University Foundation Scholar Award for Research/Creative Activity (1995); and the International Enamelist Society Lifetime Achievement Award (2001). He is one of two living Americans represented in TheHistory of Enameling text published in England, and he is currently listed in Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who in the West. He teaches private classes in all water based media, oil and enameling in his studio in Middleton.
Since 2004 Killmaster has donated 600 pieces of his art work to the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, where it will be preserved.