GSA alumnus and aviation artist Jim MacKendrick

MAvASThe Magazine of the Manchester Aviation Society’s (MAvAS) latest quarterly edition features an article about GSA alumnus and aviation artist Jim MacKendrick.

Jim MacKendrick was a Drawing and Painting student at GSA from 1938-1942. On graduating, he responded to a newspaper advertisement inviting applications for the position of Head Teacher at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) at Kumasi, Ghana, in West Africa. Jim attended an interview in London and got the job. He made steady progress, and by 1962, having reached the position of Director, College of Art, he returned to the UK.

Aviation painting by Jim McKendrick
Aviation painting by Jim MacKendrick

Jim’s love of art was reflected in his decision to leave his entire estate to the Glasgow School of Art for annual 21 student awards in recognition of the GSA’s contribution to his personal and professional life. The first MacKendrick Postgraduate Scholarship for painting was offered in 2000.

We were pleased to be able to help fill in the gaps about Jim’s time as a student at GSA with information from the archives. You can read the full article here: MAvAS Magazine 76 March 2013 pdf.