"Art meets Maps: the World of MacDonald Gill
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Saturday, May 20, 2017
A follow-on to our successful and popular 2014 event that featured the pictographic maps of Jo Mora. This time we turn to a famous English pictorial mapmaker, MacDonald Gill. The exhibit features 9 of his iconic pictographic maps on British and Colonial subjects.
And just to keep things even more interesting we will add the works of some others, famous and unknown. For example, we have two works by "Mr Air France", Lucien Boucher, whose posters for the French airline are sought after by collectors of all interests. Additionally work by the American pictographic artists, Ruth Taylor White and Jo Mora is on display. Finally, there is a fascinating map of the Coachella Valley in Southern California by a resident of Indio, California, the little-known Dolores d'Ambly.
Should you wish to know about MacDonald Gill before you visit (or after), the definitive web site can be found at www.macdonaldgill.com. Caroline Walker has put together a comprehensive history that will tell you much more about Mr. Gill that we are able to do in our exhbition. The similarities between the life, creations and times of MacDonald Gill and the American artist Jacinto "Jo" Mora are strking. In our 2014 exhbit of the work of Mora we called him a "renaissance man". That term applies equally, and perhaps even more, to MacDonald Gill as yuo will see when you read his history. Finally, by way of acknowledgement, the image of Gill in our brochure is from Ms Walker's web site.