Intangible References

2305 Dunlavy
  • Dates: November 2, 2019 - December 5, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Archway Gallery
  • Address: 2305 Dunlavy
  • Price: Free
  • Admission: Free
  • Area of Town: Montrose
  • Free Admission: Yes
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    Archway Gallery presents Intangible References, featuring new paintings by Jane Ewen, on view November 2 – December 5, 2019.


    The artist will be at the opening reception to visit with guests on Saturday, November 2, from 5 – 8 p.m., and will discuss the exhibition in a talk at 6:30 p.m. The artist will host a performance of the Rice Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, November 9, from 7 – 8 p.m. and will have a technique demonstration on Saturday, November 16, from 5 – 7 p.m..


    You’ve never seen them. They draw you in. They invite you to a place, where your response is all that matters. As an abstract expressionist painter, Jane Ewen creates paintings that are experiences in themselves, not representations of something that has been experienced before. For her latest show, Intangible References, Ewen retreated to her studio and listened to many genres of music while she created -- Classical, Blues, Jazz, Rock. These paintings are Ewen’s response to the complexity of a symphony, the textures of blues, the colors of jazz, the rhythm of a rock concert. Spend a few minutes with a painting; see if a relationship develops. Perhaps these works will offer you that intangible reference you are seeking.  


    Ewen builds up multiple transparent matte layers to create fields of color using squeegees and trowels. She then works back into the layers of pigment to reveal different color combinations beneath by scratching, and gouging. Ewen lets her paintings evolve organically building up more layers with drawing and thin waxy layers of paint. The end result has a sense of history, mystery, and power. Through passages of association and ambiguity, of close-up and distant viewing, the observer is taken on an intangible journey.


    Having earned two degrees from the University of Toronto and concurrently earning a diploma at Sheridan School of Art and Design in studio studies, Ewen taught in the Toronto area for many years. Her work evolved from life drawing/painting to abstract work, with the organic forms of nature still being present.


    Jane Ewen has lived in Houston area since 2001, now residing in the Heights. Her murals grace many homes in and around Houston. Jane has been a resident artist at Archway Gallery since 2015. She is a self-described “museum rat” and has been a docent at the MFAH; she is also an active member at the Menil Collection. Ewen’s strong foundation in art history gives her great confidence to push experimentally with her art.

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