Sam McEwen is a British American artist. As a young painter, she left London for New York to gain early acclaim in what was the heyday of N.Y.'s art scene in the eighties. Singled out for her talent, she was represented by Tony Shafrazi alongside Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, James Nares, James Brown.

McEwen's work focuses on colour and forms through representations and interpretations of nature. Her large scale canvases range from a figurative narrative to abstract depictions.

The artist is currently working in London, UK.



Joseph Szkodzinski and Samantha McEwen both in front of Keith Haring
handing "No Nuke" Posters at a No Nuke Rally, Central Park, NYC, 12 June 1982.


Born1960, London England
 
EducationEducated UK
Sarah Lawrence College US
School of Visual Arts NY US
 
One Man Shows2019Bower Paintings 2019, Generation and Display, London
 2014New Work, Hartnoll and Daughter, London
 2011Open Studio, London
 2010VERY UP&CO London, London
 2003Garland Paintings, Mark Wilson Gallery, London
 1994Groucho Club, London
 1987Galarie Beau Lezard, Paris
 1987Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
 1985Galarie Beau Lezard, Paris
 1984Galarie Beau Lezard, Paris
 
Group Exhibitions2019Botanics
Tristan Hoare, London
 2017Flora Goodwin
Recent Work
8 Female British Contemporary Artists
November 2017
 2017MoMA October 2017
Club 57
Film, Performance and Art in the East Village 1978 - 1983
 2015A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense - A Portrait of Robert Fraser
Pace Gallery, London
 2014Duro Olowu: More Materials - Salon 94 Bowery, New York
As Ithers See Us, Birthplace of Robert Burns Museum, Ayrshire, Scotland
 2011Riflemaker Veiwing Room, London
 2010House of Fairy Tales, St Ives
Peter Blake, Damian Hirst, Sam McEwen Paul Stolper, London
 2009House of Fairy Tales, London
Mark Wilson Gallery, London
 2008Concrete and Glass, Curated by Flora Fairbairne
Studio Project Show, Acava Project Space
Mark Wilson Gallery, London
 2007Mark Wilson Gallery, London
 2006Mark Wilson Gallery, London
 2005Mark Wilson Gallery, London
Uscha Pohl Gallery, NY
 2004Mark Wilson Gallery, London
 2003Mark Wilson Gallery, London
Great Western Studios Open Studios, London
 1993Acava, Studio Exhibition, London
 1989Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, 'American Rainbow'
Fun Radio, 'Magazine Exhibition of Contemporary Art'
Beau Lezard Sud, 'Bruno Schmidt and Samantha McEwen'
Galerie J Mitterand, 'Contemporary Sculpture'
 1987Galerie Yves Lambert, Paris, 'Benefit Exhibition for Aids'
 1986Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, 'James Nares, Samantha McEwen and Zadik Zadikian'
 1985Artmart, New York, 'Works on Paper'
Saiaye Bronson Centre, Toronto, Canada
Galerie Christian Cheneau, Paris
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
Artmart, New York
Coupole, Paris, 'Les Pilliers de la Coupole', organised by Galerie Beau Lezard
 1984Artmart, New York
Pittsburgh Center for The Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
'New Attitudes: Paris/New York'
Khiva Gallery, San Francisco
Miami Library System, Miami, Florida, 'New World Show'
 1983Galerie Beau Lezard, Paris
Langton Gallery, London
Hyppodrome d'Auteul, 'Ricochet', organised by Galerie Beau Lezard
Exhibition of banners in the courtyard of the Louvre, Paris
'Mode et Peintures au Louvre', organised by Galerie Beau Lezard
 
Commissions2007Royal Parks, Deck chair Commission
 2006Renshaw Hiscox Architects
 2000Woody's Nightclub and Restaurant, paintings in restaurant
 2004Simon Finch Rare Books
 1997Jigsaw, Tokyo
Fiva Paintings
Carpet design

Interior collaboration with JAM
Normans Restaurant, Leeds
 1989Tante Claire Restaurant, London
 1988Harvey's Restaurant, London