Renowned painter and sculptor Sylvia McEwan will debut her latest works Making A Mark – with an exclusive exhibition at Newrybar Merchants starting this week.
We caught up with Sylvia to ask her about her career, how she finds balance and her message for women over 40.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and the highlights of your artistic career to date?
I was born in Melbourne and it was following a move to Sydney in the 80’s that I began my artistic exploration firstly in sculpture, working in marble and limestone whilst at the same time undertaking an extensive study of life drawing.
After moving to Brisbane, I completed a visual arts studies majoring in sculpture, and under the direction of William Robinson and Joe Furlonger, was introduced to painting – and I was hooked.
Since 1996, I have had 18 solo exhibitions throughout USA, Australia and the UK. I guess the highlight of my career would have had to be when my painting ‘Whistlers Mother’ was selected as a finalist in the Sulman Prize 2003.
What are the most challenging things about your life?
Having enough time in my studio. No matter how much time I am in the studio, it’s never enough.
What are the most rewarding things and goal are you most proud of achieving to date?
That my work is held in public and private collections worldwide.
How do you find balance?
It’s the old adage, “you can’t do everything”, so there is no point trying.
Do you have any mentors or people who inspired you to follow your dream?
I don’t have any one person who inspires me. There are so many extraordinary artists out there that are truly inspirational.
What is inspiring you at the moment (reading/ watching/learning)?
I was recently in Canberra and saw the American Masters exhibition at the NGA. It was showing work from the Abstract Expressionist period.This generation of young Americans challenged traditions and reinvented modern art. Masterpieces by all my favourite artists, including: Mark Rothko, Willem De Kooning, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Barnett Newman, Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock and many more.
It was truly inspiring.
Do you have a message for women over 40?
The 40’s are the most beautiful time of your life, and there is so much to look forward to.
What does the future hold for you?
Spending as much pleasurable time with my husband, my daughters and grandchildren.
Continue to travel, maintain my fitness and paint each day. If I can continue to do all that, I would be very happy.
Making A Mark by Sylvia McEwan will exhibit at Newrybar Merchants from November 1 – 29.
Opening Night will take place on Thursday, November 1 from 5pm – 7pm.