A n g u s M c E w a n
My muse over the past 27 years has become entwined with my materials. I enjoy exploring textures and surfaces with watercolour and have grown fond of old doors, windows, walls and buildings, in fact anything which is transient in our environment. The fugitive nature of life, and in fact of all things, means everything is constantly in a state of flux and my paintings aim to capture those moments where the inevitability of decay means that moment will never exist again in its current form.
I have often found myself returning to a favourite subject a few years later to find the item has degenerated, been repainted, been vandalised or is missing altogether. It was at that point I realised the value and importance of capturing a point in time that will no longer exist. The more aged, decrepit or falling apart the subject matter is, the more important it is to capturing those never to be repeated moments lost in time.
Angus McEwan was born in Dundee, Scotland, and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, graduating in Fine Art and Printmaking with a Post Graduate Diploma in the same discipline. He also has a Merit in a teaching Certificate — Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education, Scotland.
McEwan was elected to the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (RSW) in 1995 and, in 2012, a full member of the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), London. He is also an associate member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS) and the National Watercolor Society (NWS) in the USA. In 2016, he was elected member of the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI) and, in 2018, was elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute (AWI).
His work is in many private collections throughout the world, including the United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands, Australia, Turkey, Italy, China Russia, and North America.
He has had 21 solo exhibitions, participated in numerous collective shows and has been recognised in many shows by winning over 30 awards.
In 2018, McEwan received a 3rd place award at the ARC Salon Competition (the largest and most prestigious Competition in the Western world for realist art) for a landscape painting, Shroud of Qingdao, and an honourable mention in the still life category with his painting,Tea Break. Shroud of Qingdao will be exhibited in the 13th International ARC Salon Travelling Exhibition to be shown in New York, Los Angeles and Barcelona, 2018-19.
In the past two years, McEwan has held watercolour workshops and demonstrations in Scotland, Germany, Italy (Fabriano, Vicenza, Bologna), Moscow, Guangzhou, Seattle and San Diego. He has also been a judge for many competitions including, the Marche d’Acqua in Fabriano, John Constable Prize in Lima, Peru and, more recently, the Abu Rawash Prize, as well as numerous International Watercolour Society Exhibitions.
Elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2018, Angus McEwan lives and works in Dundee, Scotland.