Peter Ewart was born in 1918 on a prairie homestead in Saskatchewan. As a boy, he lived in Montreal, Quebec, but spent most summers in rural Saskatchewan, Ontario or Nova Scotia. After high school he enrolled in an art correspondence course, and subsequently completed his art training in 1939 at the Commercial Illustration Studio of New York City.
As a young commercial artist he worked for various companies in Montreal, among them the Canadian Pacific Railway and Taylor Advertising, while at the same time pursuing his dream of becoming a freelance artist. His work was represented at the Stevens Gallery in Montreal, and the Art Association of Montreal. In 1943 Ewart joined the war effort as a war artist and trainer stationed in Quebec and New Brunswick, and in 1944 was sent to bases in Alberta and British Columbia. During his year as an RCAF radar technician and operator on a small island off Canada's west coast, he discovered his affinity for painting the sea. After the war he moved west to stay, and spent the rest of his life painting rocky coastlines, woodlands and mountains and the rolling hills and plateaus of the Interior of B.C. His western themes were popular, but he was also known for his pure landscapes, cityscapes, and his interpretations of the Cariboo/Chilcotin and the Rockies.
Peter Ewart's paintings have been exhibited by the Royal Academy (London, England), the Royal Canadian Academy, the Canadian National Exhibition and the Mid-Century Exposition of Canadian Painting. He had over 40 one man exhibitions, and his paintings are represented in numerous corporate and private collections in Canada and abroad.
Commissions included Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian Pacific Airlines, Bank of Montreal, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Toronto Dominion Bank, Imperial Oil Company, Home Oil Company, Shell Canada, Laing Construction (London, England), Westcoast Transmission, B.C. Telephone Company, B.C. Hydro, Kelly Douglas, Burns Fry Ltd., Expo '86, Calgary Olympic Winter Games, Ocean Cement, Douglas Lake Ranch (C.N. Woodward), and Fletcher Challenge.
Ewart exhibited his work at Alex Fraser Galleries in Vancouver, as well as galleries in West Vancouver, Kelowna and Ganges, B.C., Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal. His work was also shown at the Royal Academy (London, England), Royal Canadian Academy, Canadian National Exhibition (Toronto), Mid-Century Expo of Canadian Painting, Calgary Stampede (1967), and Alwin Galleries (London, England 1972).
Collections included the Quebec Provincial Museum, Glenbow Foundation, Charles M. Russell Museum (Montana), and the Peter Whyte Collection.
After an artistic career that spanned sixty years, Peter Ewart passed away in January, 2001.
Information provided by the artist's daughter, Linda Ewart. The resources used are his own professional resumé, his input and her personal connections over the course of his lifetime. An informational website, launched in 2004, exists at www.peterewart.com.