We are pleased to invite you to view Ewan McDougall’s new exhibition:
‘Out of Left Field’
The idea of doing an exhibition of political paintings had been gestating within Ewan McDougall for decades.
He was a Freezing worker from the age of 14, a drummer in seminal Dunedin rock bands and having graduated with an Honours Degree in Political Studies in 1970, he became a young part-time Political Studies lecturer teaching the political philosophy of Karl Marx at Otago University. He was an Anti-Vietnam War protester and later a union delegate on off-shore oil rigs.
His academic career crashed in a maelstrom of rock ‘n’ roll and travel from Australia through to Thailand, India, Nepal, Europe, America and Mexico during the late 1970s and 80s.
When he finally came back to painting in 1988 the humane, anti-racist values he had learned still burned within him.
The neo expressionist painter has had 88 solo exhibitions in New Zealand galleries and has exhibited overseas in London, NYC, Valencia, Cremona City and Sydney, Australia. But it took a suggestion from Ron Epskamp, the director of Exhibitions Gallery in Wellington, to get him motivated into searching through thirty years of stock to select out his political works. There are paintings on: the hell of war, global warming, Planet Key, Israeli State Terrorism, environmental degradation and the cruel, gluttonous, insanity of Donald Trump.
Some works are visceral and will be confrontational, but he is not running from that. Freedom of Expression and Free Speech, not Hate Speech, are non-negotiable. They are democratic values worth standing up for. The challenges we face as a species: Climate Change, environmental pollution, access to clean water, fanatical religious and Neo Nazi extremism, greed and war, will not be met by silence, inaction and apathy.
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