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Ewan McDougall Contemporary Art Exhibition


Tue 4 Oct 2016, 10:30am–4:30pm
Wed 5 Oct 2016, 10:30am–4:30pm
Thu 6 Oct 2016, 10:30am–4:30pm
Fri 7 Oct 2016, 10:30am–4:30pm
Sat 8 Oct 2016, 10:30am–4:30pm

Where: Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art, 19A Osborne Street, Newmarket, Auckland

Restrictions: M

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

We are excited to invite you to Ewan McDougall's solo exhibition at Exhibitions Gallery in Newmarket, Auckland.

Ewan McDougall was born in Wellington, New Zealand. His family later moved to Oamaru where he was educated at Waitaki Boys High School and taught painting by North Otago regionalist painter Colin Wheeler.

Ewan attended Otago University while also working in freezing works and drumming in Rock bands. He gained an Honours Degree in Political Studies in 1971. He worked at Otago University as a junior lecturer and tutor before leaving to travel overseas.

Over the ensuing decade, Ewan traveled extensively, working on oil rigs and in pubs and mines. In the early 1980's He returned to New Zealand with his partner, writer Sarah McDougall. In 1988 the artist began to paint again.

He has subsequently developed a vibrant signature style. His witty, outrageous works are inhabited by a wealth of personal references to his sometimes volatile life.

Ewan has had 71 solo exhibitions in some of New Zealand's most prominent dealer galleries as well as exhibiting internationally. This is his 79th solo exhibition.

"I am an Expressionist painter. I rarely plan a painting or do preparatory drawing. I commence the work with a quick wash of strong - primary colour and then begin to hurriedly paint figures-people - animals and hybrid creatures. I add crude marks for volcanoes - hills -sea - buildings - boats - clouds - sun and moon - working with vibrant impasto. The painting forms - and informs me as to what it is. The last stroke is always the title. Above all, I prize spontaneity - colour and a good dose of irony" - Ewan McDougall.

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