Evan Macdonald was born in Guelph, Ontario, in 1905. He was a practising artist during the 1930's when The Group of Seven had widespread influence on Canadian artists and painting.
He joined the Second World War as an artist-soldier. After the war, he became a professional portraitist, fulfilling commissions from heads of government, industry, and academia.
His paintings chronicling the destruction of Guelph’s historical buildings in the 1950s and 60s. The images are said to celebrate industrial progress while commenting on the loss of nineteenth-century craftsmanship.
He died in 1972.