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Ashburton Art Gallery

327 West St

Ashburton | 7700

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Gallery Hours

Open Daily: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 7pm

Closed Good Friday, Anzac Morning and Christmas day


Freed Up In Lockdown




14 April – 27 May 2022

Open Daily: 10am - 4pm

Ewan McDougall was born in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), New Zealand. His family later moved to Oamaru where he was educated at Waitaki Boys High School and taught art by Colin Wheeler. McDougall attended Otago University while also working in freezing works and drumming in rock bands. He gained an Honours Degree in Political Studies in 1971. McDougall worked at Otago University as an academic before travelling widely. In 1983 he married his partner Sarah in Perth, Western Australia. McDougall became a full-time painter in 1988.

When the first Covid-19 lockdown arrived in March, 2020, Ewan McDougall and Sarah were content as they had ample time to devote to their mahi; Sarah to write and Ewan to paint. Ewan and Sarah’s home, located in beautiful Whaka Oho Rahi, became even more tranquil and energetic.

All of the works in Freed Up In Lockdown were completed during and after lockdown, although not all are specifically related to Covid-19. The paintings displayed in Freed Up in Lockdown are a distillation of McDougall’s intense period of creativity, when the oil paint flew liberally onto the canvas every day. True to McDougall’s style, the paintings are vibrant and witty.


Exhibition opening | 13 April 2022 | 6pm

Exhibition available | 14 April – 27 May 2022


Images |
Main | Freed Up in Lockdown installation image
Left | McDougall painting Love in the Time of Covid in March 2020


14 April – 27 May 2022

Open Daily: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 7pm


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