Historic Art | Paterson Ewen

About the Artist

Paterson Ewen (1925-2002) had a diverse artistic practice that took influence from many of Canada’s major art movements. Starting the 1940s, after serving in the Canadian Forces in the Second World War, Ewen enrolled in University for science before transferring to the Montreal Museum School of Fine Art. His early work was influenced by instructors Goodridge Roberts and Arthur Lismer, and was primarily landscape based. He moved into abstraction into the 50s and 60s, and exhibited with the Automatises. His career shifted once again in the 1970s, when he developed the large- scale plywood works, for which he is most well- known. Ewen represented Canada at the 1982 Venice Biennale, and his work appears in important public and private collections across the country. He passed away at the age of 76 in 2002.
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