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Jock Macdonald, The Black Tusk

Jock Macdonald, The Black Tusk (1932), oil on canvas [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 18-Jan 4] Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form

Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Oct 18, 2014-Jan 4, 2015

Jock Macdonald, Etheric Form

Jock Macdonald, Etheric Form (1934), oil on plywood [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 18-Jan 4] Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Jock Macdonald, Obelisk
Jock Macdonald, Obelisk (1956), oil on canvas [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 18-Jan 4] Collection of the National Gallery of Canada

Jock Macdonald, Indian Burial
Jock Macdonald, Indian Burial (1937), oil on canvas [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 18-Jan 4] Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Jock Macdonald was born in Thurso, Scotland, in 1897. His early training was in the applied arts and advertising. After working in England as a fabric designer and a teacher, he left the UK in 1926 to take a job at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Design Arts. There he met the Group of Seven’s Frederick Varley, who took him on weekend painting trips and encouraged his work in oils. An attempt by the two artists to run their own art school failed, and in 1935 Macdonald moved for a year to the remote community of Nootka Sound.

Macdonald’s return to Vancouver in 1936 marked the rebirth of an artist who, like his friend Emily Carr, was deeply influenced by British Columbia’s natural landscape and First Nations culture. However, it was only after another Group of Seven artist, Lawren Harris, introduced Macdonald to the writings of Wassily Kandinsky in the early 1940s that Macdonald found his voice as a painter.

In this first major retrospective of Macdonald’s work in over 30 years, curated by Ian M. Thom, Michelle Jacques and Linda Jansma, the focus is on an artistic practice that underwent several transitions: from design to art; from figuration to abstraction; and from studios and classrooms on the West Coast to those in Calgary and, ultimately, Toronto, where Macdonald was instrumental in founding another artistic school, Painters Eleven.

Michael Turner

Jock Macdonald, Orange Bird

Jock Macdonald, Orange Bird (1946), watercolour, ink on paper [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 18-Jan 4] Collection of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery

FEATURES, NEW & OLD: Archipenko: A Modern Legacy | Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style | Tori Foster: Traces of Beings | Royal Nebeker: Dreams and Allusions / Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories | Peter Aspell: Saints and Sinners, Mystics and Madness / The Mad Alchemist | Paradox of Place: Contemporary Korean Art | Art AIDS America | Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris | Fred Schiffer: Lives in Photos | Future Station | Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form | 2014 Bonifacho | The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden | Edgardo Aragón: Ley Fuga | Vanishing Ice | Kingston Prize | Charles Edenshaw | Jillian McDonald | William Perehudoff | Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough:The Treasures of Kenwood House, London | Carrying on Irregardless | Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou | James Nizam: Trace Heavens | Gaugin & Polynesia | Leslie Dill's Poetic Vision | Preview's 25th Anniversary in Print | The Surrealist Revolution in Art | Carl Beam | Shadows of a Fleeting World: Seattle Camera Club | Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National, Paris | Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists 1880-2010 | Fleeting Beauty: Japanese Woodblock Prints | Judy Radul: World Rehearsal Court | Requiem: BY Photographers Who Died in Vietnam & Indochina | Andreas Gurksy: Werke/Works 80-08 | Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers II | Action-Camera: Beijing Performance Photography | Hiro Yamagata: T R A N S I E N T | Henk Pander: History and Typography | Mandy Greer: Dare alla Luce | Generation: Images of Youth | Rembrandt & Dutch Art's Golden Age | Seattle Art Museum at 75 | Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings | Joanna Staniszkis: Silk City | Rodin: In His Own Words | First Nations Art: Historic to Contemporary | Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes | Three Rivers: Wild Waters, Sacred Places | Portland Art Museum | Acting Out: Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore | Isamu Noguchi: Sculptural Design | Rhythm and Change: The Bow in Contemporary Art | Douglas Curran: The Elephant Has Four Hearts | Fay Jones: Recent Paintings | Massive Change: Bruce Mau | Web Images: Quick Guide | Treasures From the Kröller-Müller | Gerry Deiter: Give Peace a Chance | InFest: International Artist-Run Culture | Silver: Dreams, Screens & Theories | Paul Wong: COLLECT | James Turrell: Knowing Light | Joanna Staniszkis: Linen’s Edge | Daniel Joliffe/Jocelyn Robert: Ground Station | Bratsa Bonifacho: Habitat Pixel | Edouardo Kac: Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics | Douglas Gordon at the VAG | Walk Ways Explore Body-Mind Connection

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