John Noel Inglis was born on February 25, 1931, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His childhood activities in drawing and painting were carried forward through primary and secondary schools and led to enrollment in 1948 at the Ontario College of Art (OCA). He graduated with honors in 1952. During the years that followed, he participated in many group shows and held several solo exhibitions of his drawings, paintings, and sculpture. He became a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor in 1977 and participated in many of its annual shows during which he received a number of awards including its highest award, the A.J. Casson medal in 1994.
In parallel with these professional activities, he was an instructor in drawing and painting for many Ontario arts organizations. He joined the faculty of OCA in 1961, and upon his retirement as Chair of the Fine Art Department in 1990 he received the A.J. Casson award for distinguished service. He continues to paint in watercolor in his downtown Toronto studio. He is married and has two children, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild whose name is Azriel.