Michael McEwing - Best Laid Plans Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery
Artist bioMichael McEwing grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick where he first developed a keen interest in the arts. In 2006, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from Mount Allison University.
McEwing works in a variety of art mediums, including oil and acrylic painting, printmaking and mixed media. His work is currently represented by Fog Forest Gallery in Sackville and Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts in Fredericton. He has exhibited in various solo and group shows across the province. McEwing also holds a BEd degree (1995) with a major in Secondary Arts (Fine Arts) as well as a BA degree (2000) with a major in Multimedia Studies - both from UNB.
He currently resides in Woodstock, where keeps his studio and teaches Fine Arts courses at Woodstock High School.
McEwing believes strongly in cultivating an awareness and appreciation for the arts within his community. In the summer of 2008, he along with other local arts enthusiasts formed the River Valley Arts Alliance (RiVA). Two major ongoing RiVA projects include the annual Dooryard Arts Festival and the creation of a new arts center in Woodstock.
My hope in making artwork is to express a deep respect and sense of wonder for the beauty of the natural world and our place within it. Creating a new work, whether it be a painting, print, or some other form of art, begins with an idea that often evolves into something other than what was originally intended. Over time, I have learned to value how the art process itself enables me to shape the very ideas I hope to express. As Picasso said,
"A picture is not thought out and settled beforehand. While it is being done it changes as one's thoughts change."
Printmaking is my favorite medium for exploring art process. Through it, I find myself discovering combinations of imagery that together tell a new story or express a new concept. The process of printmaking often brings me back to a child-like sense of wonder about the "how and why" of things.
In other works, I seek to determine the role we play as human kind within the natural world. Today, satellite technology offers us new perspectives on our world. Not only does it expose how we impact the natural environment, but it also reveals nature's powerful impact on us. Like yin yang, these forces appear contrary at first, but after more careful inspection can be seen as interconnected and interdependent. Visually, they appear to me as two different sets of aesthetics. Therein lies the challenge to depict balance between the two.
~ Michael McEwing