James MacDonald

Selected Works



Born: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 1997


2016 – 2017         University of Alberta, BFA program

2015 – 2016         Alberta College of Art and Design, BFA program


2019       Alexander Lewis, oil painting

2019       Keith Rankine, oil painting

2019       Callum MacDonald, oil painting

2019       Cat at Window, oil painting

2018       Cat Sleeping, oil painting

2018       Kirkton Road House, oil painting

2018       Colbruach House, oil painting

2018       MacKinnon House, oil painting

2018       Catch of the Day, oil painting

2017       Portrait of Jim Wilson

2017       Portrait of Davie Graham, Clansman Rugby Club

2017       Portrait of Ian Nicholson

2017       Portrait of Reginald MacDonald

2017       Portrait of E. Hennig

2017       Portrait of T. Hennig

2017       Portrait of T. Blazejewicz


2017       Alberta Society of Artists Student Scholarship


2019       IASSIDD Exhibition Scottish Events Campus (SEC), Glasgow

2019       Still Life Exhibition, Scotland Art Gallery, Glasgow

2018       Lemond Gallery Christmas Show, Bearsden

2018       Lemond Gallery Christmas Show, Edinburgh

2017       Solo Show – Ritchie Mill, Edmonton

2017       Group Show – Latitude 53 Gallery

2016       University of Alberta Year Group Sculpture Exhibition

2016       Alberta College of Art and Design Annual Exhibition

2015       Edmonton City Hall Student Exhibition

2015       Strathcona High School Year End Exhibition

2015       Absurd Collective Gallery Show, Edmonton

2015       Edmonton Public School Board Art 30 Award Exhibit

Artist Statement

The sensational beauty of Alberta'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.

I have always loved making art. As a child, my favourite activity was to draw and in high school I was introduced to other mediums such as painting and sculpture. I studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design and then in 2017 I transferred to the University of Alberta where I studied under Canadian Artist Roydon Mills. Roy was a very inspiring teacher for me. He challenged my ideas and supported my efforts to develop my art. That year I made many artworks, and at the end of the year I had a Solo Exhibition in one of Edmonton's heritage buildings.

In 2018 I travelled to Scotland to develop my painting and enrich my cultural understanding. My older brother Reg MacDonald studied sculpture at the Glasgow School of Art, and he introduced me to his friend, world-renowned artist Alexander Stoddart, FRSE, Queen's Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland, and I assisted in Stoddart's studio. While in Scotland I also connected with a leader in Scottish landscape painting, Robert Kelsey, DA, MUniv, PAI, FRSE. Kelsey introduced me to oil painting and he encouraged me to develop my style of painting with oils.