Paterson Ewen’s artworks form a kind of autobiography. They record pivotal moments, such as his transitions from figurative to gestural painting and back, and important influences such as Post-Impressionism, Surrealism, and Japanese woodblock printing. They are a chronicle of the stylistic, thematic, and technical developments throughout the artist’s life and career. The key works presented here are not exhaustive, but they represent the characteristics—from plywood gouging to suns, moons, and other celestial bodies—that defined Ewen’s approach to making art. These works allowed Ewen to understand himself and the world around him, and they provide a portrait of an intensely personal and innovative process.


  • Interior, Fort Street, Montreal [#1]

    Interior, Fort Street, Montreal [#1] 1951

  • Untitled

    Untitled 1954

  • Blackout

    Blackout 1960

  • Traces through Space

    Traces through Space 1970

  • Rocks Moving in the Current of a Stream

    Rocks Moving in the Current of a Stream 1971

  • Solar Eclipse

    Solar Eclipse 1971

  • The Bandaged Man

    The Bandaged Man 1973

  • The Great Wave—Homage to Hokusai

    The Great Wave—Homage to Hokusai 1974

  • Coastline with Precipitation

    Coastline with Precipitation 1975

  • Gibbous Moon

    Gibbous Moon 1980

  • Ship Wreck

    Ship Wreck 1987

  • Satan’s Pit

    Satan’s Pit 1991

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