Jock Macdonald

#7. Ken Carpenter writes on Jack Bush and Jock Macdonald

Jack Bush, “Tight Sash”, July 1963, oil on canvas, 108.6 × 176.5 cm (42.75 × 69.5 in.), Collection of Elizabeth A. and Richard J. Currie, © Estate of Jack Bush / SODRAC (2014), Photo: Michael Cullen, TPG Digital Art Services

Jack Bush, “Tight Sash”, July 1963, oil on canvas, 108.6 × 176.5 cm (42.75 × 69.5 in.), Collection of Elizabeth A. and Richard J. Currie, © Estate of Jack Bush / SODRAC (2014), Photo: Michael Cullen, TPG Digital Art Services

A Celebration of Two Canadian Abstractionists: Jack Bush and Jock Macdonald.

“Jack Bush” was at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa up to 22nd February 2015, and will be at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, 30th May to 23rd August 2015.

“Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form” was at the Vancouver Art Gallery, October 2014 to January 2015; is at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario, 3rd February until 24th May 2015; and will be at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 12th June to 7th September 2015.

Two senior members of Painters Eleven are currently the subject of enormous, traveling retrospective exhibitions in Canada. Painters Eleven, who were active as a group from 1953 to 1960, marked a key turning point in the history of art in English-speaking Canada – a pronounced shift away from Europe towards New York and from figuration towards abstraction. Bush is the one most familiar to a British audience. His work is in the Tate Modern and he regularly exhibited with the Waddington Galleries in London. In 1980, three years after his death at the age of 68, the Arts Council of Great Britain circulated an exhibition of 87 works to venues in London, Edinburgh and Birmingham. Macdonald was born in Thurso, Scotland, in 1897 and studied design at the Edinburgh College of Art, but after his emigration to Canada in 1926 to teach design at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts, he regrettably had scant presence in the United Kingdom.

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