William Paterson Ewen was born in 1925 in Montreal, Quebec. He attended McGill University from 1946-47 where he studied geology, and fine arts with John Goodwin Lyman. From 1948-50 he took classes at the School of Art and Design at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Paterson Ewen’s paintings are kin to phenomenological philosophy, in that they spring from a sense of wonder at the things around us and plunge us into insights about the nature of things and ourselves. In many of his works, Ewen seeks to show, in paint and wood, celestial bodies that are out of this world and beyond easy perceptual grasp. In bringing these things down to earth, he illuminates fundamental dimensions of perceptual experience: spatial and temporal scale, movement and our rootedness in place, surface and depth, lighting and the lit.
David Morris has explored the phenomenology of body, mind, life and nature in numerous publications and presentations, with special attention to the phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty.
Ewen’s work, a robust array of abstraction, landscapes and signature cosmic renderings, parallels Schnabel’s in scale and material enthusiasm.