Jock MacDonald

James Williamson Galloway ( Jock ) Macdonald ( 1897-1960 )

Carnival, Nice #2
Oil on canvas, 1955
79.4 x 99 cm, 31.25 x 39 in

Private Collection, Ottawa.

– Canadian Artists Abroad, London, Ontario, and circulated by the National Gallery of Canada, 1956, catalogue #30.
– Painters 11 Exhibition, organized by St. Catherines Public Library, circulated to London Public Library and Art Museum, Hart House Art Gallery, Toronto, McLaughlin Public Library, Oshawa, Willistead Art Gallery, Windsor, Art Gallery of Hamilton, December 1955- May 1956.

– Art and Artists: The Young Are Buoyant, Creative, Responsible, Pearl McCarthy, Globe and Mail, 3 Mar 1956, p.14.
– Canadian Artists Abroad – An Exhibition, Clare Bice, Canadian Art Vol. 13,  No. 4, summer, 1956,
p. 320-323.
– Painters Eleven in retrospect, Joan Murray, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 1979, p. 70
Jock Macdonald: Letters from Europe, 1954-55, Jennifer  C. Watson, RACAR: revue d’art canadienne /  Canadian Art Review, Vol. 7, No. 1/2 (1980), p. 25-32.
– Jock Macdonald: The Inner Landscape: retrospective exhibition catalogue, AGO, Joyce Zemans, Toronto, 1981, p. 179, note and illustration, listed as location unknown.
– Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art, Iris Nowell, 2010, p. 211.


Jock Macdonald ( James Williamson Galloway Macdonald ) was born in Scotland and immigrated to Vancouver in 1927, worked with Fred Varley at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. In 1946 Jock Macdonald showed his automatic watercolours at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Moved to Toronto the following year and worked at the Ontario College of Art. While an instructor at the college in 1951 he was an enormous help to the young William Ronald with encouragement and financial help.

Jock MacDonald

Jock MacDonald , Photo Peter Croydon 1957, copyright Lynda M. Shearer.


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