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James Alexander Stirling MacDonald

December 7 1921 - (1997-1998)

Federation of Canadian Artists (1945 Chair 1965-66)
B.C. Society of Artists (Member 1947)
Coast Group
Vancouver School of Art (Honours 1948)
Canadian Group of Painters (1966)
Canadian Society for Education Through Art (1957 President 1960-61)
B.C. Art Teachers' Association (1950)

James A.S. MacDonald was born at Abbey, Saskatchewan. He took his schooling in Vancouver between 1927 and 1939, and first year at the University of British Columbia in 1941. He enlisted in the R.C.A.F., serving as a navigator in the Bomber Command. Downed over France in 1943, he avoided capture and made his way to Switzerland, where he studied art. When the Allies invaded Europe he was able to rejoin his unit, and was discharged in 1945.

He returned to Vancouver, and studied at the Vancouver School of Art, graduating with honours in 1948. He followed this with teacher training at the Provincial Normal School in Vancouver, graduating with honours in 1949. He taught art in the Vancouver school system for ten years, and instructed evening classes at the Vancouver School of Art from 1949 - 1955.

He exhibited in the 1945 British Columbia At Work exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

He exhibited in the B.C. Artists annual exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 1947 to 1952, 1955 to 1958, 1960, 1961, and 1965. His 1947 entry form stated that he was living in Vancouver.

He submitted four conte drawings to the 1949 B.C. Graphic exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, one of them "did not come in" and two were selected for the exhibition.

He exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in their 39th Annual Exhibition in 1949, as well as in the annual exhibitions from 1950 to 1952, 1954 to 1958, 1960, and 1967.

He won an Emily Carr Scholarship in 1953, and spent a year studying in London, England. He also won a Koerner Foundation grant in 1962.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1945 Nov. 13 - Dec. 2 Labour Arts Guild   B.C. At Work Fishing Boats, False Creek
B.C. Packers Wharf
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual Back Lane
1948 July 27 - Aug. 15 VAG   Stanley Park in Pictures Boat Float
1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 17th Annual Granville Island
1948 Nov. 9 - 28 Coast Group   B.C. Painters Cambie Viaduct
Downtown
The White Building
The Older Town
1949 May 3 - 22 BCSFA   39th Annual Rainy Day
False Creek
1949 Oct. 8 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 18th Annual The City
1949 Nov. 22 - Dec. 11 VAG   First B.C. Graphic False Creek (rejected)
Bridge
City
Buildings (did not come in)
1950 April 25 - May 14 BCSA   40th Annual Delta
1950 June 20 - July 9 VAG   First Quarterly Group Exhibition Carroll & Pender, Night
False Creek
Figure and Institutions
Portrait of D.J.
Red Buildings
River Sketch #1
River Sketch #2
Rainy Day
1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17 VAG   B.C. Artists 19th Annual Portrait in the City
Figures Before Important Building


References - MONOGRAPHS

References - GROUP EXHIBITIONS

SOUVENIR CATALOGUE OF EXHIBITIONS OPENING
THE NEW VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
(refer to VAG51)

3rd BC GRAPHIC & CANADIAN SOCIETY OF GRAPHIC ART (refer to BCG57)

100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)

B.C. PAINTINGS BURNABY 58 (refer to BAG58)

B.C. ARTISTS 27th ANNUAL (refer to BCA58)

SPRING EXHIBITION - FCA - BC REGION (refer to FCA64)

CENTENNIAL SCULPTURE '67 (refer to FCA67)

B.C. ARTISTS' TRIBUTE TO COLIN GRAHAM (refer to AGGV74)

VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)

References - GENERAL

CREATIVE CANADA - VOLUME ONE, by University of Toronto Press
      1971; ISBN 0-8020-3262-1
      "A biographical dictionary of twentieth-century creative and performing artists."
      Includes one and a half full columns of information about Macdonald

VISUAL ARTS BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to VABC77)

BRITISH COLUMBIA ART COLLECTION 1974-80 (refer to BCAC80)

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)
      Colin S. Macdonald, Canadian Paperbacks. ISBN 0-919554-15-6

A CENTURY OF SCULPTURE (refer to SSBC98)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      6 references cited for Macdonald, including CC1, and M listed above.

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)

Clippings

"However, one can not omit mentioning ... pictures by ... J.A.S. Macdonald, ... (continues)"
      From "Lively Spirit Pervades B.C. Artists' Exhibition" by Palette. Vancouver Daily Province, May 3 1949


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