Ewen MacDonald’s watercolour paintings cover a wide spectrum of techniques and styles. His landscapes of Istanbul, Central Asia and his native UK reference the long heritage of watercolour painting. His more recent studies of rusting, discarded objects of modern life in pure watercolour draw our attention to artefacts rich in social history, to objects that are sculpted through common everyday use and the action of the elements on them.


Using traditional pure watercolour techniques and a realist style he combines texture, detail, form and colour to create images of things usually left invisible to us by their familiarity. The city of Istanbul is host to most of the exhibitions Ewen has been a part of, although in the last four years he has been exhibiting with the Royal Institute for Painters in Watercolour at the Mall Galleries London and also with the Royal Watercolour Society.

Ewen has a degree from University College London and a teaching diploma from the Institute of Education London University, he was born in the UK in 1967, worked in London, China and Istanbul.

Istanbul December 2019

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