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John Arthur MacDonald

 (20/21st century)
John Arthur MacDonald is active/lives in British Columbia / Canada.  John MacDonald is known for landscape and figure painting.

John Arthur MacDonald

Biography from Odon Wagner Contemporary

John Macdonald is a Canadian painter, born in Prince George, British Columbia.  After graduating from Emily Carr in 1987, he lived and worked for a number of years in Vancouver.

Macdonald chooses to paint in a manner that is engaged with historical tradition, in both a conceptual and formal sense.  His subject matter includes landscapes, seascapes and people engaged in various activities - swimming, fishing, and sometimes just 'watching'.  His figure paintings are narrative compositions, often cropped in such a way that seems informed by snapshot photography.  This cropping, along with his methodology -which sometimes involves obscuring the image with a hazy veil of paint- gives his pictures a somewhat nostalgic resonance.

John Macdonald currently resides on Salt Spring Island with his wife, painter Patricia Murphy Macdonald, and their daughter.

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