Jean McEwen R.C.A.

Icon, c. 1960-61

oil on canvas
12x11 in.

Sale of Heffel Fine Art, 25 May 2015, lot 230;
Christopher Varley, Toronto;
Private collection, Calgary

Jean McEwen wanted his abstract paintings to be an experience for the viewer. They are layered with translucent and opaque colour, and he is particularly known for his experiments in pouring and layering paint. McEwen studied pharmacy at the University of Montreal, while maintaining an interest in poetry and painting.…