Michael McEwan - Columbus Open Studio & Stage


Michael McEwan has had a studio in Columbus for over 30 years, and he is pleased to welcome you to his favorite of all the spaces he has used. Michael is a contemporary realist painter, concentrating on the landscape. He will have several paintings in progress and will be demonstrating throughout the day. Michael also teaches oil painting and will enjoy sharing the craft with you. His most recent work will be on exhibit through October at the Keny Galleries in German Village.




Michael McEwan’s beautiful and evocative color harmonies, vibrant “bravura” paint handling and keen awareness of decorative geometric possibilities inherent in the picture plane link his work with the contemporary art world’s emphasis on “mark-making,” structure and abstractions. Michael McEwan was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1956. He attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC beginning in 1974 and he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1978. Michael continued to live and paint the DC area until 1981 when he returned to Columbus to attend Graduate School at The Ohio State University. Gallery. In September of 2016, Michael will celebrate his 30th anniversary exhibiting with Keny Galleries, in German Village.

Michael’s work may be found in the permanent collections of the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, Schumacher Gallery, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio; Catholic Diocese of Columbus; Swope Museum of American Art, Terre Haute, Indiana; Elzay Gallery, Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio and over 500 private and corporate collections.


I make paintings of the landscape. Based on memory and informed by observation, I build my paintings both swiftly and often slowly. With several paintings in process at once and using many layers of paint I develop a sense of light and space that is palpable. I use oil and acrylic based paint on panel and canvas. I have spent many years researching various, and often overlooked approaches to color theory for the painter including the work of Denman Waldo Ross, Frank Morley Fletcher, and Nathaniel Johnson’s “Modular Color” system. I am a student of Art History and am committed to the craft of painting. I have developed a methodology of using oil paints in a solvent free manner, using specially formulated linseed oils.

“I shall try to tell the truth, but the result will be fiction” ~Katherine Anne Porter



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