Louie Ewing

Louie Ewing

(1908 - 1983)

 

Louie Ewing was born in Pocatello, Idaho in 1908. Early in life he was determined to become an artist. After his studies at the University of Idaho and the Santa Maria School of Art in California, he moved to Santa Fe. A resident of Santa Fe for almost 50 years, he passed away in late 1983. Louie Ewing was a link between the early artists of New Mexico and the present art scene in Santa Fe. He was a productive painter whose oils, water colors, gouaches, and silk screen prints (serigraphs) depict the romantic landscape of the southwest. He was able to capture the light of the area which is so vibrant in New Mexico and for which artists flock to New Mexico. He was a master in the silk screen process and he handled color in a very distinct manner. Louie Ewing’s deep love for the area was sincere and genuine. He captured the serenity of the pastoral New Mexico landscape in his art. Besides his own personal work he was commissioned to illustrate books for Margaret Erwin Scheville, Charles Dibble and Mary Wheelwright. He also issued a series of silk-screen prints of some artifacts from the museum of New Mexico’s Laboratory of Anthropology which are included in his exhibit. His interpretation of New Mexico “Santos” through his silk-screen prints is extremely sensitive and delicate, and his understanding of the religious part of northern New Mexico is evident. His work has been exhibited at the Santa Barbara Museum, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, The Philadelphia Art Alliance; several art exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe; The Serigraph Society in Tokyo, and many others. 

 

Exhibitions:

 

- 1934 Faulkner Gallery. Santa Barbara, California.

 

- 1935 22nd Annual Exhibit. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, N.M.

 

- 1940s Twenty Prints of the Year: Selected Examples of Current Work by Leading New Mexico Print Makers. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, N.M. Five New Mexico Printmakers. Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, N.M.

 

- 1942 New Mexico State Fair. 1st prize in drawing.

 

- 1943 Spring in Santa Fe: 30th Annual Exhibit. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, N.M.

 

- 1944 New Mexico State Fair. 2nd prize in watercolor.

 

- 1947 Spring in Santa Fe: 34th Annual Exhibit. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, N.M.

 

- 1948 16th Annual Exhibit. Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, California. 35th Annual Exhibit. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, N.M.

 

- An Exhibition of Color Prints: Seven New Mexico Printmakers. Clovis Art Association, Clovis, N.M.

 

- Dallas Print Society: First Southwestern Print Exhibition. Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, TX.

 

- 1949 New Mexico State Fair. 2nd prize in Graphic Arts.

 

- 1950 3rd Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings. Dallas Print Society, Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, TX.

 

- 1951 4th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings. Dallas Print Society, Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, TX.

 

- New Mexico Artists: An Invitational. Museum of New Mexico Exhibition, Santa Fe, N.M.

 

- 1952 5th Exhibition of Graphics Arts in New Mexico. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, N.M.

 

- 1953 6th Exhibition of Graphics Arts in New Mexico. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, N.M.

 

- 40th Annual Exhibition of New Mexico Artists. Museum of New Mexico Exhibition, Santa Fe, N.M., Purchase Award.

 

- 1954 7th Exhibition of Graphics Arts in New Mexico. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, N.M.

 

- 1957 The Fiesta Show, 44th Open Door Exhibition. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, N.M., Honorable Mention.

 

- Southwest Artists Annual. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, N.M.

 

- 1958 Biennial Exhibition for New Mexico Artists. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, N.M.

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