Jean MCEWEN

Born in Montreal in 1923 of a mother from Quebec and a Scottish father, Jean McEwen exhibited his work for the first time in 1949. It’s during the 50’s that he passes from figurative to abstract, after meeting Borduas and following a stay in France that allows him to become familiar with the great masters, to know the work of Jackson Pollock and to meet Riopelle and Sam Francis. Back in Montreal, Jean McEwen works tirelessly, he emerges from the great influences that marked its beginnings and finds his own pictorial language. His work is remarkable by its universality which gives way in one modern “Americanness” modern and very personal; real hymn to the color, it gives us a world of mesmerizing poetry. In 1951 he had his first solo exhibition. Afterward, Jean McEwen exhibits regularly and will be known as well in the Canadian big cities that in the United States, in South America or in Europe. Several prestigious public collections from Québec, Canada and foreign, contain Jean McEwen’s works. He has to his credit numerous awards and honors including the Paul-Émile Borduas prize in 1998. Two retrospectives were devoted to him, one in the Art Gallery of Ontario and the other at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. Jean McEwen died January 9th, 1999 in Montreal.

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