Joshua Tree, No. 4
24 x 18 x 3/4 inches
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California-based artist Anne-Louise Ewen paints vivacious gestural works that emphasize brush work, color, and above all, freedom. Her work includes paintings, monotype prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, and books.
Ewen grew up in a small South Louisiana town on the Mississippi River, known for both the beauty of its antebellum architecture and the proliferation of refineries and chemical plants. In 2005 she moved from New Orleans to Los Angeles in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, fulfilling a lifelong desire to reconnect with her mother's California ancestry, an artistic family which included composer Louis Waldemar Everson and Beat poet Brother Antoninus aka William Everson.
Long before her migration, a chance encounter in the summer between second and third grade introduced Ewen to one of her first art mentors who, over the subsequent months, taught her the fundamentals of drawing with charcoal and encouraged her to draw every day, a formative experience which established visual art as a core element of her life.
She later attended the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts (a magnet boarding school) concentrating on a curriculum of fine art before spending two years studying figure drawing, printmaking and painting in Paris, France. In her college years, she made art, studied philosophy, and founded The Donaldsonville Art Colony, a brief but influential collective of painters, writers, musicians, and filmmakers, an experience she drew from years later when she launched an independent art gallery in Orange County, California in 2007.
In 2020 she left Los Angeles for Joshua Tree, California, a small arts community in the Mojave Desert where you can find her painting and taking long drives through the national park.