Donald Mackay Houstoun

1916 - 2004

Artist biography

Donald Mackay Houstoun was a creative artist. Donald Mackay Houstoun was born in 1916 and died in 2004. Also born in 1916 and of this same generation are Roy Sydney Chapman Alderson, John Bridgeman, King Coffin, Friderun Eilers, and John Grosman.

Further Biographical Context for Donald Mackay Houstoun

Donald Mackay Houstoun was born in 1916 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1930s. Globally this period can be best characterised by the conflict between the world’s dominant political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the United States, the Great Depression had a tremendous impact on artistic production, with a number of artists taking inspiration from the agrarian and the humble man in the streets. It was the first time in US history that widespread movements of artists began to address politics, and endeavoured to use their art to influence society. Artists organized exhibitions on social and political themes such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes.

Donald Mackay Houstoun

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