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COVER IMAGE: Jason Walker, Redtail (2014), stoneware, porcelain, china paint, underglaze and concrete
[Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA, Oct 3-Mar 1]

Bruce Turnbull: Roughfoot Duckpaste
Elissa Cristall Gallery
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Suburbia: A Model Life
Art Gallery of Alberta
Edmonton AB – Dec 6, 2014-Mar 1, 2015

Edward Epp: Paintings from Liberia
Marion Scott Gallery/Kardosh Projects
Vancouver BC – Nov 22-Dec 6, 2014

Bringing the War Home: 3D Images from the Battlefields of WWI
Touchstones Nelson
Nelson BC – Sep 20-Nov 23, 2014

the city before the city
Museum of Anthropology
Museum of Vancouver
Musqueam Cultural Centre Gallery
Vancouver BC – Jan 25, 2015-Jan 2016 and beyond

The Space of Difference
Urban Screen/City of Surrey
Surrey BC – Sep 9, 2014-Jan 4, 2015

Kim Dorland: Homecoming
Contemporary Calgary
Calgary AB – Oct 16, 2014-Jan 18, 2015

Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form
Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Oct 18, 2014-Jan 4, 2015

Andreas Bunte
Republic Gallery
Vancouver BC - Oct 16-Nov 8, 2014
Two Films About Pressure
Or Gallery
Vancouver BC – Oct 18-Nov 22, 2014

Tom Burrows
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Jan 9-Apr 12, 2015

Mircea Cantor: Collected Works
Rennie Collection at Wing Sang
Vancouver BC – Nov 8, 2014-Mar 28, 2015

Pop Departures
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle WA – Oct 9, 2014-Jan 11, 2015

XChanges Gallery
Victoria BC – Jan 9-25, 2015

Conversations with Lucie Rie
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Victoria BC– Oct 17, 2014-Mar 9, 2015

Jason Walker: On the River, Down the Road
Bellevue Arts Museum
Bellevue WA – Oct 3, 2014-Mar 1, 2015

Carol Sawyer: Shadow Puppet
Republic Gallery
Vancouver BC – Jan 9-Feb 6, 2015

Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E
Henry Art Gallery
Seattle WA – Oct 11, 2014-Apr 26, 2015

Protective Ornament: Contemporary Amulets to Armor
Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma WA – Oct 18, 2014-Feb 11, 2015

Edward Epp: Paintings from Liberia

Bringing the War Home: 3D Images from the Battlefields of WWI

Kim Dorland: Homecoming

Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form

Pop Departures

Jason Walker: On the River, Down the Road

Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E

Protective Ornament: Contemporary Amulets to Armor


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Catalogue Reviews
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Conservator's Corner Seeing Color/Printing Color: A Review

Vancouver: A Visual Arts Scene Takes Flight

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Vancouver: a visual arts scene takes flight

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Jock Macdonald, The Black Tusk

Jock Macdonald, The Black Tusk (1932), oil on canvas [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 18-Jan 4] Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form

Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Oct 18, 2014-Jan 4, 2015

Jock Macdonald, Etheric Form

Jock Macdonald, Etheric Form (1934), oil on plywood [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 18-Jan 4] Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Jock Macdonald, Obelisk
Jock Macdonald, Obelisk (1956), oil on canvas [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 18-Jan 4] Collection of the National Gallery of Canada

Jock Macdonald, Indian Burial
Jock Macdonald, Indian Burial (1937), oil on canvas [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 18-Jan 4] Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Jock Macdonald was born in Thurso, Scotland, in 1897. His early training was in the applied arts and advertising. After working in England as a fabric designer and a teacher, he left the UK in 1926 to take a job at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Design Arts. There he met the Group of Seven’s Frederick Varley, who took him on weekend painting trips and encouraged his work in oils. An attempt by the two artists to run their own art school failed, and in 1935 Macdonald moved for a year to the remote community of Nootka Sound.

Macdonald’s return to Vancouver in 1936 marked the rebirth of an artist who, like his friend Emily Carr, was deeply influenced by British Columbia’s natural landscape and First Nations culture. However, it was only after another Group of Seven artist, Lawren Harris, introduced Macdonald to the writings of Wassily Kandinsky in the early 1940s that Macdonald found his voice as a painter.

In this first major retrospective of Macdonald’s work in over 30 years, curated by Ian M. Thom, Michelle Jacques and Linda Jansma, the focus is on an artistic practice that underwent several transitions: from design to art; from figuration to abstraction; and from studios and classrooms on the West Coast to those in Calgary and, ultimately, Toronto, where Macdonald was instrumental in founding another artistic school, Painters Eleven.

Michael Turner

Jock Macdonald, Orange Bird

Jock Macdonald, Orange Bird (1946), watercolour, ink on paper [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 18-Jan 4] Collection of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery

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