Jock MacDonald

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

Inscribed Stones
Watercolour on paper, 1951-52
38.1 x 45.7 cm, 15 x 18 in.

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
John Hansler, Midland, Ontario
McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario
Jock W.G. Macdonald: A Retrospective Exhibition, The Art Gallery of Toronto, 30 April – 29 May 1960.
John Hansler: a life collecting, McMaster Museum of Art’s Tomlinson Gallery, 18 May – 5 August 2017.
J.W.G. Macdonald, “Reflections on a Trip to the Canadian International Seminar at Breda, Holland”, Highlights (paper of the Alberta Society of Artists) 4:2, 1950, page 6, see Jock Macdonald: The Inner Landscape: retrospective exhibition catalogue, AGO, Joyce Zemans, Toronto, 1981, p. 143-4.



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.

Photograph of Jock Macdonald: Peter Croydon, 1957.
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Jock MacDonald


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