Statement

The sensational beauty of Canada's landscape inspires me. I paint on large canvases with acrylic paint. My paintings capture sunlight and shadows with warm and cool colours, and describe the mountains and lakes with bold strokes. I focus on handling my paint strokes in ways to create movement and balance in my painting. I like to create unique compositions and capture the essence of my subject in a beautiful light. 

 

Born June 17th, 1997 in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, James MacDonald is a talented Canadian landscape painter. James started painting when he attended the Alberta College of Art and Design. James' appreciation for the outdoors inspired him to develop his own style of painting to capture the essence of the sensational Canadian landscape. 

 

James' painting skills are grounded in plein air painting, and he draws on this experience to help him manipulate colour, form, and light to create dynamism in his compositions.  

 

His work is influenced by post impressionist artists from the Scottish Colourists group, such as Samuel Peploe and Fancis Cadell, whose bold and vivid paintings first inspired James to take his easel into the outdoors. James focuses on emotional colour harmony and  strong compositional designs to portray Canada's landscape in a vigorous and beautiful manner. 

Biography

Short CV

EXHIBITIONS

2020

Scott Gallery, General Show, Edmonton, Canada

Trongate 103, General Show, Glasgow,Scotland

 

2019

IASSIDD Exhibition Scottish Events Campus (SEC), Glasgow

Scotland Art Gallery, Glasgow

2018

Lemond Gallery Christmas Show, Bearsden

Lemond Gallery Christmas Show, Edinburgh

2017

SOLO SHOW - Ritchie Mill 

GROUP SHOW - Latitude 53 Gallery

2016

University of Alberta Sculpture Exhibition

Alberta College of Art and Design annual Exhibition

2015

Edmonton City Hall Student Exhibition

Stathcona High School Year End Exhibition

Absurd Collective’s Gallery Show

Edmonton Public School Board Art 30 Award Exhibit

COMMISSIONS

2020

Lake Louise, acrylic painting

Hawaii Landscape, acrylic painting

2019

Alexander Lewis, oil painting

Keith Rankine, oil painting

 Callum MacDonald, oil painting

Cat at Window, oil painting

Cat Sleeping, oil painting

2018      

Kirkton Road House oil painting

Colbruach House, oil painting

MacKinnon House, oil painting

Catch of the Day, oil painting

2017        

Portrait of Jim Wilson

Portrait of Davie Graham, Clansman Rugby Club

Portrait of Ian Nicholson

Portrait of Reginald MacDonald

Portrait of E. Hennig

Portrait of T. Hennig

Portrait of T. Blazejewicz

AWARDS

2017

ALBERTA SOCIETY OF ARTISTS SCHOLARSHIP

EDUCATION

2015-17

University of Alberta, BFA program

Alberta College of Art and Design, BFA program