John McDonald

Home: Petty Harbour Maddox NL
Title: Peephole
Media: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 61 x 61 cm

Artist Statement

I was staying at a hotel room in Corner Brook Newfoundland and Labrador when I took the photographs for this painting. I was interested in drawing a parallel between cell phone/online voyeurism and the classic peephole/keyhole voyeurism. There’s a feeling of being watched that I get when standing in front of a peephole that makes me think of how our digital communications are being monitored.


Raised in Goulds, NL, John McDonald earned a BFA in the Visual Arts from Memorial University in 2005. He currently lives and works in St. John’s.
John’s creative practice explores narrative and figurative representation through oil painting. He has shown his paintings in Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, England and France. In 2012 he completed a residency and exhibition at The Rooms Art Gallery and the resulting works were permanently installed at The Sealer’s Memorial Interpretation Centre in Elliston, NL. John has been the recipient of numerous awards and professional opportunities. His works have been published in books, magazines and text books, and are held in a variety of private and public collections across the Canada.