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William Paterson Ewen (1925-2002) was born in Montreal and attended McGill University from 1946-47 where he studied geology and fine arts with John Goodwin Lyman. From 1948-1950 he took classes at the School of Art and Design at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, studying under Goodridge Roberts, Arthur Lismer, William Armstrong, and Jacques de Tonnancour. His earliest works of the late 1940s reveal a range of interests and, particularly, the influence of Goodridge Roberts. By the mid 1950s, he had begun a 16-year exploration of abstraction, at first with gestural and then, by 1964, with geometric forms loosely related to hard-edge painting. While in Montreal, he was tangentially connected to the artists of the Automatiste movement and became a member of the Non-Figurative Artists' Association of Montreal, founded in 1956. He moved to London, Ontario, in 1968.
Douglas & McIntyre
Introduction by Michael Ondaatje; essays by Ron Graham and Matthew Teitelbaum; afterword by Eric Fischl.
Teitelbaum, Matthew, ed. Paterson Ewen. Vancouver, BC: Douglas & McIntyre, 1996.
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