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Paterson Ewen: Life & Work by John Hatch

Collection by Art Canada Institute

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Paterson Ewen’s treatment of landscape painting was far from traditional; it involved using large sheets of plywood that incorporated printmaking and sculpture. Ewen’s oeuvre was an inspiration for many Canadian artists who followed his example of experimentation and depictions of inner visions, making him a critical figure in the country’s cultural landscape. He remains one of the most highly regarded and innovative Canadian artists of his time. Read Paterson Ewen: Life & Work at www.aci-iac.ca

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Biography

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Key Works

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Significance & Critical Issues

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Cover of the catalogue for Nine Canadian Artists / Kanadische Künstler, Kunsthalle, Basel. Canadian Artists, Landscape Paintings, Book Art, Basel, Life, Cover, Landscape, Landscape Drawings

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Cover of the catalogue for Nine Canadian Artists / Kanadische Künstler, 1978, Kunsthalle, Basel. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Cover of Paterson Ewen, the book accompanying the 1996 exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Art Gallery Of Ontario, Canadian Artists, Printmaking, Landscape Paintings, The Book, Book Art, Toronto, Cover, Books

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Cover of Paterson Ewen, the book accompanying the 1996 exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Cover of the catalogue from the 1982 Venice Biennale. Venice Biennale, Canadian Artists, Printmaking, Landscape Paintings, Book Art, Sculpture, Cover, Life, Printing

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Cover of the catalogue from the 1982 Venice Biennale. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Paterson Ewen photographed with Gibbous Moon, 1980, at an exhibition of his work organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, in 1988, photograph by Doug Griffin. Ewen’s orange shirt matches the dominant hue of this moon, which seems to identify the artist even more intimately with this work. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Art Gallery Of Ontario, Canadian Artists, Printmaking, Landscape Paintings, Book Art, Orange Shirt, Hue, Toronto, Photograph

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Paterson Ewen photographed with Gibbous Moon, 1980, at an exhibition of his work organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, in 1988, photograph by Doug Griffin. Ewen’s orange shirt matches the dominant hue of this moon, which seems to identify the artist even more intimately with this work. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Paterson Ewen, Quantum Theory, watercolour on rice paper, x cm, private collection. Canadian Artists, Rice Paper, Landscape Paintings, Theory, Watercolour, Book Art, Life, Collection, Pen And Wash

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Paterson Ewen, Quantum Theory, 1996, watercolour on rice paper, 76.2 x 101.6 cm, private collection. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Paterson Ewen, Decadent Crescent Moon, 1990, acrylic and metal paint on galvanized steel and gouged plywood, 236.3 x 244 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Usually Ewen’s moons are tranquil objects in the night sky. Here the crescent moon against a highly agitated background signals a crisis in his personal life. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Art Gallery Of Ontario, Canadian Artists, Galvanized Steel, Night Skies, Plywood, Landscape Paintings, Book Art, Toronto, Objects

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Paterson Ewen, Decadent Crescent Moon, 1990, acrylic and metal paint on galvanized steel and gouged plywood, 236.3 x 244 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Usually Ewen’s moons are tranquil objects in the night sky. Here the crescent moon against a highly agitated background signals a crisis in his personal life. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Paterson Ewen, Rain Hit by Wind #1, 1971, Japanese ink on paper, 60.5 x 45.8 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Here, in one of his first “phenomascapes,” Ewen experiments with loose, unbridled lines. These would be replaced soon by directional arrows borrowed from scientific illustrations and then by the movement of the elements themselves. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Art Gallery Of Ontario, Canadian Artists, Arrows, Printmaking, Landscape Paintings, Book Art, Toronto, Rain, Japanese

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Paterson Ewen, Rain Hit by Wind #1, 1971, Japanese ink on paper, 60.5 x 45.8 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Here, in one of his first “phenomascapes,” Ewen experiments with loose, unbridled lines. These would be replaced soon by directional arrows borrowed from scientific illustrations and then by the movement of the elements themselves. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Paterson Ewen, Untitled, 1967, silkscreen, 66.5 x 50.9 cm, Museum London. The rigid lines of this work are a striking contrast to the looser ones in Untitled, 1960. Hyperstructured works like this one coincide with periods of instability in Ewen’s life. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Canadian Artists, Printmaking, Landscape Paintings, Book Art, Contrast, Museum, London, Life, Printing

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Paterson Ewen, Untitled, 1967, silkscreen, 66.5 x 50.9 cm, Museum London. The rigid lines of this work are a striking contrast to the looser ones in Untitled, 1960. Hyperstructured works like this one coincide with periods of instability in Ewen’s life. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Paterson Ewen, Untitled, 1960, oil on canvas, 40.6 x 50.8 cm, McIntosh Gallery, London. Vertical lines are less common in Ewen’s abstract paintings; however, they do reappear as lightning or rain in the later landscape paintings. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Abstract Paintings, Landscape Paintings, Canadian Artists, Printmaking, Lightning, Oil On Canvas, Book Art, Rain, London

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Paterson Ewen, Untitled, 1960, oil on canvas, 40.6 x 50.8 cm, McIntosh Gallery, London. Vertical lines are less common in Ewen’s abstract paintings; however, they do reappear as lightning or rain in the later landscape paintings. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Paterson Ewen, La Pointe Sensible, 1957, oil on canvas, 50.8 x 61 cm, Canadian Art Group, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Abstract Expressionism, Abstract Art, Canadian Artists, Printmaking, Google Images, Landscape Paintings, Oil On Canvas, Book Art, Inspiration

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Paterson Ewen, La Pointe Sensible, 1957, oil on canvas, 50.8 x 61 cm, Canadian Art Group, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Paterson Ewen, Many Moons II, 1994, acrylic on plywood, galvanized steel, and livestock fencing, 244 x 190 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, photograph by Mary Handford. Produced using a stamp on plywood, each moon is rotated slightly to signal movement. The overall effect is celebratory and whimsical. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Art Gallery Of Ontario, Canadian Artists, Galvanized Steel, Fencing, Livestock, Plywood, Printmaking, Landscape Paintings, Book Art

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Paterson Ewen, Many Moons II, 1994, acrylic on plywood, galvanized steel, and livestock fencing, 244 x 190 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, photograph by Mary Handford. Produced using a stamp on plywood, each moon is rotated slightly to signal movement. The overall effect is celebratory and whimsical. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Paterson Ewen, Moon over Water, 1977, acrylic on galvanized steel and gouged plywood, 228.6 x 243.8 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Ewen found great success in the late 1970s, but he was often anxious and depressed, as expressed by this partially obscured full moon. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Moon Over Water, Art Gallery Of Ontario, Canadian Artists, Galvanized Steel, Depressed, Anxious, Full Moon, Plywood, Printmaking

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Paterson Ewen, Moon over Water, 1977, acrylic on galvanized steel and gouged plywood, 228.6 x 243.8 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Ewen found great success in the late 1970s, but he was often anxious and depressed, as expressed by this partially obscured full moon. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Paterson Ewen, Thunder Cloud as Generator acrylic on canvas, x 183 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Art Gallery Of Ontario, Canadian Artists, Printmaking, Landscape Paintings, Smurfs, Book Art, Bed Pillows, Sculpture, Canvas

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Paterson Ewen, Thunder Cloud as Generator #2, 1971, acrylic on canvas, 244.5 x 183 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Paterson Ewen, Cosmic Cannibalism, 1994, acrylic and metal on gouged plywood, 243.5 x 235.9 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Annie Pootoogook, Art Gallery Of Ontario, Canadian Artists, Art History, Printmaking, Landscape Paintings, Book Art, Canada, Symbols

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Paterson Ewen, Cosmic Cannibalism, 1994, acrylic and metal on gouged plywood, 243.5 x 235.9 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Paterson Ewen, Thunderchain, 1971, steel bolts, wire and chain, galvanized steel, engraved linoleum, and wood, 94 x 183 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Art Gallery Of Ontario, Canadian Artists, Galvanized Steel, Landscape Paintings, Book Art, Toronto, Wire, Chain

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Paterson Ewen, Thunderchain, 1971, steel bolts, wire and chain, galvanized steel, engraved linoleum, and wood, 94 x 183 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt

Paterson Ewen, Moon, 1975, homemade blue paper between acrylic, 48.8 x 49.9 cm, McIntosh Gallery, London. Printmaker Helmut Becker taught Ewen to make his own paper in the early 1970s. Here, the bumps and grooves of the paper suggest the surface of the moon, and Ewen’s method of applying colour by holding his brush like a knife and stabbing the image mimics the violent forces by which the moon was created. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt Canadian Artists, Printmaking, Landscape Paintings, Book Art, 1970s, Surface, How To Apply, Moon, Homemade

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Paterson Ewen, Moon, 1975, homemade blue paper between acrylic, 48.8 x 49.9 cm, McIntosh Gallery, London. Printmaker Helmut Becker taught Ewen to make his own paper in the early 1970s. Here, the bumps and grooves of the paper suggest the surface of the moon, and Ewen’s method of applying colour by holding his brush like a knife and stabbing the image mimics the violent forces by which the moon was created. #ArtCanInstitute #CanadianArt