JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956
JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956
JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956
JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956
JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956
JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956
JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956
JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956
JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956
JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956
JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956
JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956
JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956
JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956
JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956
JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956

JOCK MACDONALD "IN A SOUNDLESS WORLD" PAINTING, 1956

$22,000

James W G Macdonald (1897-1960), widely known as "Jock MacDonald", was a key member of Painters 11 - the legendary group of Toronto-based artists that helped advance and abstraction in Canada.  

Jock Macdonald was born in Scotland and studied art before becoming a professional designer at a textile company. He moved to Canada in 1926 after being offered a teaching role at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts. This is an important fact, as he would play a large role either directly as an instructor, or indirectly as a mentor, to many esteemed mid-century Canadian abstract artists. 

Initially his own artwork was inspired by the Group of Seven. However, Macdonald approached abstraction in 1934, as it offered a freedom to create without the dependency of a subject.  

In 1947 Macdonald relocates to Toronto to teach at the Ontario College of Art. Because he was pursuing abstraction, which continued to experience significant resistance, he connected with his students/a younger generation, notably William Ronald, rather than his contemporaries. 

During a sejour in France in 1955 Macdonald befriended Jean Dubuffet, who imparted both significant knowledge and inspiration. Considering that Macdonald never truly abandons figuration, the importance of this exchange between the two artists is significant in appreciating this painting - as it undoubtably representational. 

As a result some scholars position Macdonald as a Surrealist since he dances with both automatism and representation, occasionally simultaneously. 

Macdonald was reticent about exhibiting some of his purely abstract works, even during the key years of Painters Eleven. Not surprisingly, this work was exhibited significantly during its day

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“In A Soundless World" 

Canada, 1956

Oil on board

Signed and dated by the artist.

Signed and titled by the artist twice verso, once on the label. 

12”H 16"W (work)

13”H 17"W (framed)

Very good condition.

Provenance: Roberts Gallery, Toronto.