John Carl Heywood was born June 6, 1941 in Toronto, Ontario. He enrolled in the Ontario School of Art in 1959. He painted and taught for four years after which he decided to seek the world of modern Western art in Paris. He worked at Hayter’s Atelier 17 where he studied complicated etching techniques. He experimented with innovative techniques and styles with screen printing. It was in Paris where he began his journey into printmaking, which transformed him from a relatively unknown artist into a professional.
Carl Heywood is a prolific printmaker. He began to exhibit in the early 1970s, and has shown in many of the international print biennales since that time. He has won numerous awards for his work over the years, including the prestigious Edition Award at the World Print Fair in San Francisco in 1983. Heywood has also had more than 75 one-man shows across Canada, in Europe and in the United States. His work is included in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Metropolitan Museum in New York City; the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England; the Musée d’ Art Moderne, Paris, France. An archive of his prints is kept at the Artists For Kids Gallery in North Vancouver.