Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form


Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form


28 × 23 cm | 9 × 11 in
160 ills | 208 pages

Contributors: Michelle Jacques, Linda Jansma, Ian M Thom, Anna Hudson

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Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form is a lavishly illustrated book accompanying an ambitious new retrospective exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Scottish-born artist Jock Macdonald initially moved to Canada to take up a lecturing position at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts, and went on to become a key formative figure in the Painters Eleven, a group of painters who vigorously promoted abstract painting across Canada.

Released to coincide with an ambitious new retrospective exhibition organised by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form includes contributions by academics and writers including Anna Hudson, assistant professor in Canadian Art and Curatorial Studies at York University; Michelle Jacques, chief curator at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Linda Jansma, senior curator at the Robert Mclaughlin Gallery, Oshawa; and Ian Thom, senior curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Previous publications dedicated to Macdonald’s work have not analysed the artist’s use of colour which, as he was an abstractionist and later a borderline Surrealist, was arguably the most significant part of his practice. In this lavishly illustrated book, colour reproductions of Macdonald’s works can be seen alongside the writings of leading experts in the field of Canadian art history.