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Lived/Active: California/Illinois/Nebraska      Known for: modernist, post cubist figure, still life and landscape painting

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Edgar Louis Ewing (1913-2006)

Painter. Born in Hartington, Nebraska on January 17, 1913, Edgar L  Ewing first studied at the Art Institute of Chicago under Boris Anisfeld.  Upon graduation in 1935, he further studied and traveled in Europe.  Returning to Chicago, he taught at the Art Institute for several years as well as at universities in Oregon and Michigan. 

Throughout his career as an educator, he remained a prolific painter.  His early paintings are characterized by strong Post-Cubic tendencies.  During WWII he was in Southeast Asia as a member of the Corps of Engineers. Upon discharge, he began a long stint as a member of the faculty at the University of Southern California, while spending sabbaticals in Europe, particularly Athens, Greece. 

Ewing died in Los Angeles on July 3, 2006.
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Edgar Louis Ewing died in June of  2006; he left his estate to the University of Southern California.

Information courtesy of Dan Jordan and Danna McCallum.

Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
Syracuse University, 1946; University of Southern
California, 1946, 1993; Stanford University, 1948; De Young
Museum, 1948, 1955; College of Puget Sound, 1949, 1953;
University of Redlands, 1950; Pasadena Art Institute, 1952; Santa
Barbara Museum, 1952; California Watercolor Society, 1952, 1955
(prizes); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1952 (prize); Dalzell
Hatfield Gallery (Los Angeles), 1954-65; Long Beach Museum,
1955, 1960; California State Fair, 1956; Sierra Madre Art Ass?n,
1957; Laguna Beach Museum, 1964; Palm Beach Desert Museum,
1978. Works held: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Santa
Barbara Museum; San Diego Museum; Sheldon Memorial Art
Library (Lincoln, NE).

Biography from Anderson Shea Art Appraisals:
Edgar Louis Ewing was born in Hartington, Nebraska in 1913.  Upon graduating high school he moved to Chicago to pursue training at the Art Institute of Chicago. Recognized as a promising young artist, he was given an art fellowship to study in Europe, where he would come to return many times over.  Ewing's travels throughout his life, through Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, promoted great artistic inspiration. He was especially intrigued by the history of Ancient Greece and would eventually paint his Roman Series, one of the artist's most important works.

Ewing fought in World War II, but upon the War's end Ewing resumed working as an artist.  Offered a teaching position on the West Coast the artist began teaching at the University of Southern California, where he would remain for the majority of his career.  Art schools in Los Angeles were immensely important during the mid-century. Without the extensive infrastructure of museums, galleries, collectors, and criticism that existed on the East Coast, California art schools became the primary outlets of artistic innovation and collaboration.  An entire school of progressive artists worked, exhibited, and taught together at Los Angeles's various art schools including Otis Art Institute (founded in 1918), Chouinard Art Institute (founded in 1921), and Jepson Art Institute (founded in 1947).  Ewing was part of this community and taught alongside the important Hungarian/American artist Francis De Erdely while at USC.  Edgar Ewing's artistic achievements are prolific, he exhibited widely, and received extensive critical acclaim.

by Alissa J. Anderson

Sources include:
Schaad, Bentley. The Realm of Contemporary Still Life Painting. (New York: Reinhold Pub, 1962).

Karlstrom, Paul and Susan Ehrlich. Turning the Tide: Early Los Angeles Modernists, 1920-1956. (Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1990).

Dailey, Victoria, Natalie Shivers, and Michael Dawson. L.A.'s Early Moderns: Art, Architecture, Photography. (Los Angeles: Balcony Press, 2003).

Jerome Allan Donson. Arts of Southern California - II: Painting, (Long Beach: Long Beach Museum of Art, 1958)

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