Paterson Ewen

Born April 7, 1925 in Montreal, Quebec – Died February 17, 2002 in London, Ontario


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Paterson Ewen studied drawing at McGill under John Lyman after his discharge from the Canadian Army in 1946. He married Quebec sculptor and dancer Francoise Sullivan in 1949. He finished art courses at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts under Arthur Lismer, Goodridge Roberts and Jacques de Tonnancour. In 1952 spent the summer in St. Adele with Jean-Paul Mousseau. In 1955 he traveled to New York with Guido Molinari and visited with Paul-Emile Borduas at his New York studio. By 1966 Paterson was living in Guido Molinari’s studio in Montreal and experimented with painting in the geometric abstraction style under the guidance of Molinari and Claude Tousignant. In 1968 he moved to London Ontario and soon after began his work on large gouged plywood works that he is known for in English Canada.

Paterson Ewen exhibited with the leading avant-garde galleries of the period:

  • Carmen Lamanna Gallery
  • Dunkelman Gallery
  • Galerie du Siècle
  • Galerie Denyse Delrue
  • Parma Gallery NYC
  • Here and Now Gallery

Paterson Ewen’s works are represented in most Canadian art museums including:

  • The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal
  • Musee des Beaux-Arts, Montreal
  • Art Gallery of Vancouver
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

The current auction record for a work of art by Paterson Ewen is $468,000.

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