Brain Explosions - Ewan McDougall - words from the Artist himself.

Posted by Erin O'Malley on

 In the words of the artist

'I prize colour, rawness, immediacy, and a good belly laugh.'

'I was an academic teaching Politics at Otago in the 1970s, but I was also a rock n roll drummer who spent many nights in pubs and I worked summers in Freezing Works.

I surfed with mates in Kakanui and on Otepoti's cold, powerful waves. I travelled wildly.

My paintings reflect the rollercoaster 'party animal' life which I led over 25 years.

In the body of the works and in the titles - they often use working class language, colloquialisms, rock lyrics and language colourful enough to match my palette.

There was manic excitement, but also brain explosions along the way, and I am a painter today because I put down the drugs and picked up a paintbrush in 1988.

I prize colour, rawness, immediacy, and a good belly laugh.

After 36 years I'm grateful I still have my own creative 'brain explosions' and they are here now for you in the wonderful Railway Street Gallery. 

A special thanks and love to my darling, the writer Sarah McDougall, without whom none of this happens.'

 Ewan has works in public collections including: The University of Otago Auckland Centre Collection, The Dunedin Public Hospital Collection, The Selwyn Hall O.U. Collection, The Sir James Wallace Collection, The Centre of Contemporary Art Collection, The Aigantighe Gallery Collection, The Eastern Southland Gallery Collection and The Forrester Gallery Collection.

Exhibition Thursday 14th March - Sat 6th April

Opening Event Sat 16th March 3-5pm / Artists Talk Sun 17th March 2pm.



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