Sylvia McEwan ‘Making a Mark’ Exhibition at Newrybar Merchants Nov 1 – 29, 2018


Renowned painter and sculptor Sylvia McEwan will debut her latest works Making A Mark – with an exclusive exhibition at Newrybar Merchants.

Launching with a VIP opening night on Thursday, November 1 from 5pm, McEwan’s works will be displayed as part of the Newrybar Merchants Pop-Up Artist series – a rotating gallery occupying the charming 1850’s homestead in the Byron Bay Hinterland.

Making A Mark is a collection of paintings on canvas and paper that reflect McEwan’s intuitive flair for applying layers of colour and texture in exquisite ways. Drawing on references as diverse as Classicism and Cubism, her work shifts between the figurative and the abstract.


On her inspiration for creating a collection, McEwan says:

“Inspiration comes from working each day. Focusing on the painting process, finding new ways of mark making. Over time there are small breakthroughs that enable me to move forward and occasionally something wonderful happens. That makes it all worthwhile and I can’t wait to capture that moment in the next painting.”

McEwan’s artistic development has been fuelled by the love for the New York School of Abstract Expressionists and in particular, William De Kooning’s strong figurative work. Always using the subject matter as the starting point, McEwan carves the form within the painting to reveal a cubist interpretation.

“Whilst the subject matter is important, the true subject is always space, form, structure and balance,” she adds.

Since 1996, McEwan has had 19 solo exhibitions throughout Australia, USA and UK with her painting ‘Whistlers Mother’ selected as a finalist in the Sulman Prize 2003.  Her work has also been featured in numerous magazines and blogs including The Design Files, Real Living, Home Beautiful and House & Garden.

Sylvia’s works hang in public and private galleries worldwide and are available through Pryor Fine Art in Atlanta and Koskela Sydney.

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.