Paterson Ewen


Blast, 1957
Serigraph on Japon Laurentic paper, signed and titled, #4/50.
35.8 x 51 centimetres, 14 x 20 inches

• The House of Prints, 77 Hayter St., Toronto
• Private collection, Ottawa

• Éditions Erta, Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, 1971, p.23
• Panorama de la gravure québécoise des années 1958-1965
• François-Marc Gagnon, Vie des Arts, vol. 22, n° 90, 1978, p. 24-88.
• Paterson Ewen : critical works : works on paper, 1949-92, Heather A. Fraser, Art Gallery of Hamilton, 1992, cat. #10.
• L’art québécois de l’estampe, 1945-1990,  Musée du Québec, 1996,  p.59
• Paterson Ewen, Matthew Teitelbaum, Douglas & McIntyre, 1996, p. 104
• A history of art in Quebec: the collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, 2004, p. 155

…serigraphy, a process that would allow ten artists to
express themselves in a new way in 1957 under the technical direction
of Jean-Pierre Beaudin, at the Éditions Erta workshop on St. Denis St.
The album, whose printing was limited to fifty copies, was composed of
ten original serigraphs in colour by Jean-Pierre Beaudin, Léon Bellefleur,
Albert Dumouchel, Pat Ewen, Marcelle Ferron, Roland Giguère,
André Jasmin, Jean-Paul Mousseau, Maurice Raymond and Gérard
François-Marc Gagnon, Vie des Arts, vol. 22, n° 90, 1978, p. 24-88.

Ewen was particularly proud of this work as evidenced by a letter he wrote to his New York dealer in December of 1957:

PE Letter

A.L.S. Ewen-Parma Fonds, Canadian Art Group


A scarce silkscreen print rarely seen on the market as most copies are in institutional collections:

• Banque Nationale Du Canada #37/50
• Edmonton Art Gallery  ( 94.13.5 )
• National Gallery of Canada (no. 7375) Folio 7/50
• Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec folio ( 1958.209.05 ) 9/50
• Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal ( A 65 53 G 10 (4) ) 14/50
• Musée d’art de Joliette Folio ( 1992.070 )
• University of Alberta , Bruce Peel Special Collections Library 50/50



Paterson Ewen was born on April 7, 1925 in Montreal. Studied drawing at McGill under John Lyman after his discharge from the Canadian Army in 1946. Married Quebec Automatiste painter, sculptor and dancer Francoise Sullivan in 1949. Finished art courses at MMFA under Arthur Lismer, Goodridge Roberts and Jacques de Tonnancour. In 1952 spent the summer in St. Adele with Jean-Paul Mousseau.1955 Traveled to New York with Molinari and visited with Borduas in his New York studio. By 1966 was living in Molinaris studio in Montreal. 1968 Moved to London Ontario.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 1950 Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
  • 1955 Espace 55, Montreal
  • 1955 Galerie L’Actuelle, Montreal
  • 1956 Parma Gallery, New York
  • 1957 35 Painters Today, Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
  • 1958 Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • 1959 Aspects of Canadian Painting, New York
  • 1960 Non-Figurative Artists Association, Montreal
  • 1961 Denyse Delrue Gallery, Montreal
  • 1962 Spoleto Italy
  • 1968 7th. Biennial of Canadian Painting, National Gallery of Canada
  • 1969 Retrospective, Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1974 Art Gallery of Ontario
  • 1976 Retrospective, London, Ontario


Paterson Ewens works are represented in most Canadian museums including:

  • The National Art Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal
  • Musee des Beaux-Arts, Montreal
  • Art Gallery of Vancouver
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Art Gallery of London, Ontario

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