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He exhibited his work in the 1930 Spring Exhibition of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts, as well as their annual exhibitions in 1929, from 1936 to 1940, 1942 to 1947, 1949 to 1951, and in 1967. He created the cover art for the 1944 annual exhibition catalogue. In 1943 the artist was living in Capilano on the north shore.
He showed work in the B.C. Artists Christmas exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1933. Also in 1933 he exhibited a number of his important early paintings at an exhibition of work by the Palette & Chisel Club, held at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He won an Honourable Mention in 1933 for a landscape painting entered into the Lord Willingdon Dominion competition. He did mural decoration in the dining room of the new Hotel Vancouver.
He left the VSDAA to join Varley as Art Director at the B.C. College of Arts after receiving a cut in pay from the Director of the VSDAA, Charles H. Scott.
He exhibited in the B.C. Artists annual exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1932, 1934, from 1936 to 1939, 1941, 1943, and 1944. He exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy from 1930 to 1933, in 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1959, and 1960. He also showed work at Burlington House, London, in 1937, in the First Canadian Traveling Exhibition to Southern Dominions, 1937, the Tate Gallery, London in 1939, and at the Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, 1939.
The 1946 issue of VANTECH noted on the list of School Staff that Macdonald was in charge of the Design Workshop at the school. The student printers noted that "we praise Mr. Macdonald for his sponsorship of the art selections of the annual."
|1938 July 12 - 27||Six Local Artists||VAG|
|1941 May 9 - 18||Solo Exhibition||VAG|
|1941 Sept. 4 - 14||Solo Exhibition (22 paintings)||VAG|
|1944 Nov. 21 - Dec. 10||Solo Exhibition (21 pictures)||VAG|
|1946 Aug. 27 - Sept. 18||Solo Exhibition (12 pictures)||VAG|
|1928 Feb 18 - Mar 18||Palette and Chisel Club Exhibition||Winter|
|Last Days of Summer|
|1929 Nov. 16 - 30||BCSFA Winter Exhibition||Landscape Form|
|Sphinx Peak, Garibaldi|
|Glacier Fields, Garibaldi|
|1930 May 31 - June 14||BCSFA Spring Exhibition||Poster|
|Departing Day, Garibaldi Park|
|1932 May - July||VAG All Canadian Exhibition||Sailor's Sand Bar, Fraser Canyon, B.C.|
|The Food Cache|
|Indian Salmon Pack (sic Rack)|
|The Pioneer (sculpture)|
|1932 Oct. 5 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual||The Black Tusk, Garibaldi Park|
|The White Forest|
|1933 May 20 - 31||VAG Palette & Chisel Club Exhibition||False Creed|
|Cylinders, Cubes and Cones|
|The Edge of the Wood|
|Red Mountain Garibaldi|
|The Hop Field|
|The First Fall|
|1933 Dec. 1 - 17||VAG B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition||Towards Howe Sound|
|The Edge of the Woods|
|1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual||Yale Valley, B.C.|
|Pike Peak - Garibaldi Park|
|1934 ? - ?||VAG B.C. Artists Edmonton Exhibition||Pike Peak - Garibaldi Park|
|1934 Dec. 4 - 16||VAG B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition||Tantalus Range|
|Fog, Rocks and Ice|
|1935 Nov. 22 - Dec. 8||VAG B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition||The Lagoon Mouth, Nootka, V.I.|
|A Whiteman Sailor|
|1936 June 26 - July 12||BCSFA 26th Annual||Over the Sea|
|Morning on Nootka Sound|
|Drying Herring Roe|
|Russian Hermit's Cabin|
|Table Mountain, Garibaldi Park|
|1936 Sept. 18 - Oct. 11||VAG B.C. Artists 5th Annual||Heavy Weather on the West Coast|
|1937 April 16 - May 1||BCSFA 27th Annual||Still Life|
|Morning on Nootka Sound|
|Old Steve's House, Friendly Cove|
|Sunset Over the Sea|
|1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10||VAG B.C. Artists 6th Annual||Pilgrimage|
|1938 April 29 - May 15||BCSFA 28th Annual||Modality - Rain|
|Modality - Winter|
|Modality - Chrysanthemum|
|Modality - Daybreak|
|1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9||VAG B.C. Artists 7th Annual||Glacier Caves, Garibaldi Park, B.C.|
|Meadow Pool, Garibaldi Park, B.C.|
|Red Mountain, Garibaldi Park, B.C.|
|1939 June 9 - 25||BCSFA 29th Annual||Tantalus Range from Garibaldi Park|
|Drying Herring Roe|
|Mimulus Lake, Garibaldi Park|
|Modalities: (a) Edge of the Sea|
|Modalities: (b) The Deep Sea|
|Modalities: (c) Flight|
|1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8||VAG B.C. Artists 8th Annual||Cactus|
|1940 May 17 - June 2||BCSFA 30th Annual||Composition|
|1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19||VAG B.C. Artists 10th Annual||Mt. Hungable - near Lake O'Hara, B.C.|
|Mountain Form - Valley of the Ten Peaks, Alberta|
|1942 May 15 - 31||BCSFA 32nd Annual||8,000 Ft. Up|
|1942 July 7 - Sept. 2||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer||Tantalus Range, Garibaldi Park|
|Glacier Caves, Garibaldi Park|
|1942 Nov. 3 - 15||FCA Red Cross Benefit||(no information available)|
|1943 May 15 - June 6||BCSFA 33rd Annual||Modality - Spring Awakening|
|Modality - Fall|
|Mount Hubert, Lake O'Hara|
|1943 July 2 - Aug. 25||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer||Modality- Fall|
|Modality - Spring Awakening|
|1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20||VAG B.C. Artists 12th Annual||Castle Towers, Garibaldi Park|
|1944 May 13 - June 4||BCSFA 34th Annual||Mt. LeFroy, Lake O'Hara, B.C.|
|1944 July 4 - Aug. 30||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Summer||Mt. LeFroy, Lake O'Hara|
|1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22||VAG B.C. Artists 13th Annual||Kelowna Landscape|
|1945 May 18 - June 10||BCSFA 35th Annual||Thunder Clouds over Okanagan Lake|
|Friendly Cove, Nootka, B.C.|
|1945 July 3 - Aug. 26||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual Summer||Victory Garden, Rutland, B.C.|
|1946 May 31 - June 23||BCSFA 36th Annual||Number 1|
|1946 July 2 - 28||VAG Jubilee Exhibition||Kelowna Landscape|
|1947 May 9 - June 1||BCSFA 37th Annual||Arctic Vibrations|
|Fish and Birds|
|Under Tropical Seas|
|1950 April 25 - May 14||BCSA 40th Annual||Birds|
|Bird and Environment|
100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)
4th BURNABY NATIONAL PRINT SHOW (refer to BAG67)
PRINTMAKING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1889-1983 (refer to AGGV83)
VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)
A MODERN LIFE: Art and Design in British Columbia 1945-1960 (refer to VAG04)
OUR CHANGING LANDSCAPE (2008) (refer to BAG08)
SHORE, FOREST AND BEYOND - ART FROM THE AUDAIN COLLECTION (refer to VAG11)
WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)
VANTECH 1946 - TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
Printed by the students of the Vancouver Technical School
90 pages, stapled, illust. colour/b&w.
Includes a number of original student linocut prints.
Includes staff photograph with Macdonald, head of Design Workshop.
Heralding a New Group by J.W.G. Macdonald
Canadian Art magazine, Vol. 5 No. 1, October-November 1947, p. 35-36; 2 illustrations
PERMANENT COLLECTION (refer to AGGV64)
THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)
CREATIVE CANADA - VOLUME TWO, by University of Toronto Press
1972; ISBN 0-8020-3285-0
Includes 1-1/2 full columns of concise information about Macdonald.
CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN PAINTING by William Withrow
1972, ISBN -07710-9029-3, publisher McClelland and Stewart Limited
224 pages, hardcover, extensively illustrated
Chapters on 24 artists, list of bibliographies and galleries
Western artists include J.W.G. Macdonald, Jack Shadbolt
ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979 (refer to RCA81)
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -
SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970 (refer to MM88)
A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS
(refer to M)
An extensive eight-page biography.
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
At least 25 references cited for Macdonald.
THE FECKLESS COLLECTION (refer to FECK18)
GREATER VANCOUVER ART GALLERIES 1954-2020
(refer to GVAG20)
1 reference to Macdonald.
R.C.A., and J.W.G. Macdonald, directors of the
B.C. College of Art, will take their pupils up 5,000
feet into this country which they declare has marvellous possibilities from
an artist's point of view. Those who remember Mr. Macdonald's "Black Tusk" will
agree that British Columbia will gain much when her artists can give to the
world such canvases."
From "In The Domain of Art" Vancouver Province, May 5 1934
"J.W.G. Macdonald's "8000 Feet Up" reveals an unexpected
variation to his usual style. ..."
From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942
"... J.W.G. Macdonald was elected president ..."
From "B.C. Artists' Display To Calgary For Exhibition," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May-June 1942
"Among those contibuting paintings and drawings are: ... J.W.G. Macdonald, ARCA ... "
From "Noted Artists Offer Paintings For Red Cross" Vancouver Daily Province (presumed), November 1942
"Paintings by well known artists include ... J.W.G. Macdonald ...
From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943
"J.W.G. Macdonald's impressive mountain landscape "Mount
Lefroy" is very strong and convincing ... "
From "Notable Exhibits of Artists' Work" by Mildred Valley Thornton Vancouver Sun (presumed), May 1944
"As a result of a ballot taken in respect of nominations
previously secured by public announcement, three artist members,
Mr. Lawren Harris, Mr. C.H.
Scott, A.R.C.A., and J.W.G. Macdonald, headed
the poll by large majorities."
From "Re: 13th Annual B.C. Artists' Exhibition" by A.S. Grigsby.
"Another interesting art event scheduled over CBR will be a
talk, on Monday January 29, by a noted Vancouver painter,
J.W.G. Macdonald. The subject of
the talk will be chiefly on the children's free Saturday
morning classes at the gallery."
From "Collection of Eastern Artist Features Art Gallery Display" by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, January 24 1945
"Gazing at J.W.G. Macdonald's painting "Bird and Environment," which had just
arrived from Ontario ... "
From "For and about WOMEN" Vancouver Daily Province, April 22, 1950
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