Jean McEwen

Born December 14, 1923 in Montreal, Quebec – Died January 9, 1999 in Montreal, Quebec


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Jean McEwen studied pharmacy at the University of Montreal but soon after decided his true passion was painting. Moving to Paris in 1951 he studied the effects of light in impressionist paintings and also the abstract works of Riopelle and Sam Francis, becoming a lifelong friend with both artists. This lead to the original prime period works of the 1960s of luminous translucent enamel like paintings for which he is held in high regard. These highly sought after works were painted entirely with his bare hands without the aid of a knife or brush.

He exhibited with the leading avant-garde dealers of the time including, Agnes Lefort, Denyse Delrue, Gallery Moos, Martha Jackson, Marlborough and others.

Jean McEwen’s work is represented in every major museums and shown in important exhibitions around the world, a partial list is:

  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Albright-Knox, Buffalo
  • Tate, London
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York

The current auction record is $152,100 but several large important works have traded privately for substantially more.

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