John L. Doyle was born in Chicago Illinois in 1939. He received his bachelors degree at the Art Institute of Chicago, and his masters degree at Northern Illinois University. Doyle has had more than 50 one man national exhibitions, participated in more than 30 national and international group exhibitions, and is the recipient of more than 32 awards, including purchase prizes. He is listed in Who's Who in American Art. John L. Doyle's art reflects his fascination with the human condition, which is why in addition to art, Doyle studied ethnology and anthropology. The product of this study is a visual recording of what Doyle learned and set down in drawings. The drawings became the foundation for lithograph series' which developed into a life's work art project which Doyle titled The Great Human Race. The art visually records categorical statements about civilization. The presentation is about the cultural development of particular disciplines such as Medicine, Law, Archiecture, and Business.
Doyle's art is collected and displayed in universities, museums, and corporations including: University of North Dakota, University of South Dakota; Vanderbilt University Medical Center Tennessee; The Institute for the History of Medicine John's Hopkins University, Maryland; The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine Harvard Medical Library, Massachusetts; The Cleveland Clinic, Ohio; Yale Affiliated Hospital of St. Raphael, Connecticut; Mayo Clinic, Minnesota; University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics; University of Minnesota Campus Club sponsored by the Department of History of Medicine; Denver Natural History Museum; and the Museum of Native American Cultures in Washington. Other institutions, private, corporate, and permanent museum collections exhibiting Doyle's work include: Akron Art Institute, Ohio; Belleview Art Museum, Washington; Birmingham Museum of Art, Mississippi; Building Service Inc. Wisconsin; Burpee Art Museum, Illinois; Columbus Museum of fine Art, Ohio; Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Johnson Wax Company, Wisconsin; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; Manitowoc Maritime Museum, Wisconsin; McGraw-Edison Corporation, Illinois; Mid-Western Museum of Art, Indiana; Marshall Scott Associates Inc., New York; Merchyhurst State College, Pennsylvania; Milwaukee Art Center, Wisconsin; Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Wisconsin; Minnesota Museum of Art; Norton Gallery of Art, Florida; Palm Springs Desert Museum, California; Phllip Morris Company, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California; Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Arizona; Stanford University, California; Texas Technical University; and National Collection of Fine Arts Washington D.C.
John Lawrence Doyle died on March 15, 2010 in Burnsville, North Carolina.