From the Author
I was fortunate that, in my early research, I was able to meet with Jock Macdonald’s wife, Barbara, his daughter, Fiona, and his family in Scotland, as well as many of the artists who had been Jock’s students and colleagues in Vancouver, Calgary, Banff, and Toronto. I also benefited from his copious letters to his friends.
In recent years, I have had the opportunity to meet another generation of the Macdonald family and I am indebted to Alasdair, Iain, and Alan Macdonald, who over the past few years, have graciously shared their memories of “Jock stories” with me.
The research of Ian Thom and Linda Jansma and the discoveries of Macdonald’s Nootka diary and correspondence with Grace Pailthorpe and Reuben Mednikoff have all provided important new insights into Macdonald’s understanding of his path to abstraction. The wonderful 2014 exhibition Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form and its publication, with contributions by Ian Thom, Linda Jansma, Michelle Jacques, and Anna Hudson, have allowed me once again to experience the arc of Macdonald’s evolution through his paintings. Together, they have had a significant impact on this book for the Art Canada Institute.
There are many people who made this book a reality: image researcher Julia Lum, image research director Cliodna Cussen, design layout director Simone Wharton, and executive editor Kendra Ward formed the capable team whose support and encouragement assisted in the process of creating this book.
Writing for the ACI format was a challenging task, and I was extremely fortunate to have a talented and experienced editor. Working with Rosemary Shipton was a true pleasure, and I am indebted to her for her wise counsel and sound judgment.
I was thrilled when I learn that Delaney Capital would be the sponsor for the monograph on Jock Macdonald. Kiki Delaney’s knowledge and leadership in the cultural sector is legendary. In my other life, I work in the field of cultural policy, and I understand, more than most, the importance of the commitment of those individuals, like Kiki, whose dedication has enriched the cultural life of our country.
And, finally, there is the remarkable Sara Angel! Her vision, passion, commitment, and tenacity are at the heart of ACI. Her knowledge of art history, combined with her experience in publishing and her powers of persuasion, have created a new model for writing and disseminating the history of Canadian art, making our art accessible nationally and internationally. We are all indebted to her.
From the Art Canada Institute
This online art book was made possible thanks to its Lead Sponsor: Kiki and Ian Delaney. Much gratitude goes to the Canadian Online Art Book Project Founding Sponsor: BMO Financial Group.
The Art Canada Institute gratefully acknowledges its other sponsors for the 2016–17 Season: Aimia, Rosamond Ivey, The Scott Griffin Foundation, The McLean Foundation, and TD Bank.
Thanks also to the Art Canada Institute Founding Patrons: Jalynn H. Bennett, Butterfield Family Foundation, David and Vivian Campbell, Albert E. Cummings, Kiki and Ian Delaney, the Fleck Family, Roger and Kevin Garland, Gershon Iskowitz Foundation, The Scott Griffin Foundation, Michelle Koerner and Kevin Doyle, Phil Lind, Sarah and Tom Milroy, Nancy McCain and Bill Morneau, Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan, Sandra L. Simpson, Pam and Mike Stein, Robin and David Young, and Sara and Michael Angel; as well as its Founding Partner Patrons: The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and Partners in Art.
The ACI gratefully acknowledges the support and assistance of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (Erin Macdonald; Kristin Stoesz); Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Jennifer Nicoll); Art Gallery of Alberta (Rochelle Ball); Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Lesley Golding; Stephen Topfer); Art Gallery of Hamilton (Christine Braun); Art Gallery of Ontario (Tracy Mallon-Jensen, Amy Furness); Art Gallery of York University (Allyson Adley; Michael Maranda); Art Museum at the University of Toronto (Justine Kicek; Heather Pigat); British Columbia Archives and the Royal BC Museum (Kelly-Ann Turkington); Carleton University Art Gallery (Sandra Dyck); Glenbow Museum (Lia Melemenis; Kellie Moynihan); Israel Museum (Nili Luria); John A. Libby Fine Art (Maria S. Hazel); MacKenzie Art Gallery (Marie Olinik); Library and Archives Canada; McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Alexandra Cousins; Linda Morita); Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Marie-Claude Saia); Museum London (Janette Cousins Ewan); National Galleries of Scotland (Fintan Ryan); National Gallery of Canada (Raven Amiro; Emily Antler; Cyndie Campbell, Philip Dombowsky); The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Linda Jansma; Sonya Jones); Toronto District School Board (Greg McKinnon); Vancouver Art Gallery (Danielle Currie; Joanna Spurling; Ian Thom); Varley Art Gallery of Markham (Rachel Brodie); Winnipeg Art Gallery (Nicole Fletcher); and Patricia Crawford, Michael Cullen, Tom Gooden, Charles C. Hill, Anna Jedrzejowski, Wendy Nichols, Marie Jo Paquet, Kayla Rocca, Evelyn Salvarinas, Chelsea Shriver, Nancy Townshend, Christopher Varley, Andrew Wilson, and Chak Yung.
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Credit for Cover Image
Credits for Banner Images
Credits for Works by Jock Macdonald
Credits for Photographs and Works by Other Artists
Art Canada Institute
Massey College, University of Toronto
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Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Zemans, Joyce, author 1940- [Jock Macdonald (2016)]
Jock Macdonald : life & work / Joyce Zemans.
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Biography — Key works — Significance & critical issues — Style &
technique — Sources & resources — Where to see.
Electronic monograph in HTML, PDF and mobile formats.
ISBN 978-1-4871-0107-7 (HTML).–ISBN 978-1-4871-0108-4 (PDF).
–ISBN 978-1-4871-0109-1 (MOBILE)
1. Macdonald, Jock, 1897-1960. 2. Macdonald, Jock, 1897-1960–Criticism and
interpretation. 3. Painters–Canada–Biography. I. Macdonald, Jock, 1897-1960.
Paintings. Selections. II. Art Canada Institute, issuing body III. Title. IV. Title:
Jock Macdonald (2016).