As part of the McIntyre Dick Art Awards exhibition "Taking Flight" judge Ewan McDougall delivered a workshop in which participants worked alongside him over the course of the day.
Ewan McDougall was born in Wellington, New Zealand.
His family later moved to Oamaru where he was educated at Waitaki Boys High School and taught by Colin Wheeler. Ewan attended Otago University while also working in freezing works and drumming in Rock bands. He gained an Honours Degree in Political Studies in 1971. He worked at Otago University as an academic before travelling wildly.
In 1983 he married his partner Sarah in Perth, Western Australia, and returned to New Zealand and after being admitted to Queen Mary Hospital in Hamner Springs in 1988, he began to paint full-time. Ewan has had eighty-five solo exhibitions and has exhibited in New Zealand Public Galleries and internationally.
In 2003, Ewan showed in Southern Heat in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and in February, 2016, the touring solo show Fun and Fury was hosted by the Tauranga Art Gallery. This exhibition was hosted by Te Manawa in April –August, 2016, and in August –September, 2017, was hosted by the Southland Museum and Art Gallery. In 1994 he exhibited in Penzance and St. Ives in Cornwall. Ten years later he exhibited in the Sydney Art Show with Gallery 2021.
In 2005 Ewan exhibited in London with the prestigious Rebecca Hossack Gallery, as well as showing with RHG in The Chelsea Art Show and The London Art Fair. That year he also exhibited with three other painters at Arte Imagini Gallery in Cremona City, Italy. In 2006 he showed in Color Elefante Gallery in Valencia, Spain. And in May, 2012, Ewan exhibited with other New Zealand artists in Chelsea, New York City. In 2017 he exhibited with selected artists in the Dunedin Sister City exhibition at The Yu Yuan Gardens Gallery in Shanghai, as well as in a solo exhibition in the Brighton Arts Festival, UK.
Ewan has been a multiple finalist or prize-winner in many prominent New Zealand Art Awards. He was a prize winner in the Cleveland and Mainland Art Awards in the 1990s, a finalist in the Wallace awards on ten occasions, a finalist in the Adam NZ Portraiture Awards four times and a Finalist in The Waikato Art Awards. Ewan has works in public collections including: The Sir James Wallace Collection, The University of Otago Auckland Centre Collection, The Dunedin Public Hospital Collection, The Selwyn Hall University of Otago Collection, The Centre of Contemporary Art Collection, The Aigantighe Gallery Collection, The Eastern Southland Gallery Collection and The Forrester Gallery Collection.
In 2011 the hardcover book on Ewan’s life and work Ewan McDougall Paintings [ed. Dr David Marks] was published by Art-N-Stuff Press, London. The book was launched in Gallery de Novo, Dunedin. A documentary film by Declan Wong on McDougall premiered at Toitu Museum in Dunedin in December, 2012, and the film has been shown at Public Gallery exhibitions and the artist’s dealer gallery shows throughout Aotearoa and in Brighton UK.
Ewan and Sarah’s collaboration Pearler: 15 paintings and 15 poems celebrating their 30 year Wedding Anniversay was published in 2013. Ewan is married to playwright Sarah McDougall and has three children: Melissa, Paul, and William. He lives and works in Broad Bay on the Otago Peninsula.