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.