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Coral Fantasy, 1958

Jock Macdonald
British, Canadian, 1897 - 1960
oil and lucite 44 on masonite
106.4 x 122 cm
Purchased 1985
National Gallery of Canada (no. 28812)

Jock Macdonald had a strong interest in Surrealism and a belief that the subconscious was the source of an artist's inspiration. He practised the Surrealist technique of automatic painting, in which he worked spontaneously and freely, without a conscious subject in mind. Moving from watercolour to oils, he incorporated a new acrylic binder called Lucite 44, which helped render the paint more fluid, enhancing the flowing organic imagery in "Coral Fantasy".

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