I take influence from many artists, a few would be Ralph Steadman. Edward Hopper. Marc Clauzade. Mark Lague. Rembrandt. George Bellows and Egon Schiele.
These artists in my view demonstrate amazing drawing skills, stunning use of colour, light and atmosphere in their work, a desire for all us artists to achieve in our work.
I always wanted to be a Graphic Designer and studied at several art colleges in England to gain my qualifications. I have spent the past 15 years or so working in the design industry as a Graphic and illustrator. It’s been a very rewarding and satisfying career. However, recently the pull for more creative freedom has grown, with the desire to unlock my natural talent (painting and drawing). So the paint brush has gradually been replacing the mouse.
My painting has taken me on a great journey so far, including my first solo exhibition. It’s been a very challenging journey at times and immensely rewarding. I mainly paint cityscapes, London in particular amongst other cities. Other subjects would be land and seascapes and also animals. So I’m really open to painting any subject matter, each offering up their own unique challenges.
As a fine artist I love exploring the use of colour and light. You will see from my art, it’s full of life, energy and free movement with loose brush strokes. I often work on large hand-made canvases and enjoy experimenting with materials. Like clear casting resin which I sometimes pour over a finished piece of work, it’s great for enriching the colours of the painting. And sometimes Liquitex extra body mediums for increased texture too. To be honest, I will use anything I can get my hands on that will make a piece of art unique or if I think it will enhance it in some way.
I work quickly, covering a canvas fast with strong brush strokes, paint running down the canvas and splats adding to the paintings structure.
My preferred medium is acrylic paints sometimes combined with acrylic inks. I occasionally use watercolour with inks. I generally use flat headed paint brushes.
Creating visual art for me is exciting, it’s a passion, a release of energy and feelings.
Overall, my main aim is to accomplish a solid and consistent standard of drawing, draftsmanship and painting in every piece of work I produce. Each painting delivering my unique original style whatever the subject matter.
I hope you enjoy my work – Ewen Macaulay.
A few photographs of my studio.
November 2015, Folkestone Art Society Autumn Exhibition.
October 2015, Wye Affordable Art Show, Wye Kent
November 2013, Folkestone Art Society Exhibition (Won 1st & 2nd place peoples’s choice and Presidents choice for paintings)
September 2012, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Battle, East Sussex
April 2011, Solo Exhibition, ‘A Modest View’. St Georges Gallery, Folkestone. An exploration of my love of architecture, cities and life.
June – Sept 2011, Summer Exhibition. Colombart, Marleybone, London W1 – Press Release
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Graphic Design – London College of Printing.
HND Graphic Design – University of Greenwich.
BTEC National Graphic Design – West Kent College, Tonbridge.
Pre Art Foundation – South Kent College, Dover.
A-level Art, Photography & Art History.