Why should not what has already been emerge anew?, 2011

Vancouver, BC
Representation: Miss Gallery, Toronto

Ewan McNeil

What’s your earliest memory of art-making?
When my first grade teacher asked me to draw something (I think it was a church) on the chalk board and I totally nailed it to the astonishment of all. Myself included.

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I remember reading about Pop Art in the newspapers. Warhol of course got a lot of press. I was 8 or 9 years old and I started making my own art based on the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes logo. I thought to myself, “You’re allowed to do this? Cool!”

Who/What/Where/When inspires you as an artist?
Everything, everywhere and everybody. All the time.

What’s your creative process?
Get into the studio and bash it out. If it isn’t working, wash the car or cut the grass.

Ewan McNeil at his studio

Why do you think art is a crucial part of society?
Because it usually, not always, delivers some aesthetic pleasure and stimulates the mind more so than say, a walk in the woods.

Why do you donate to Arts Umbrella?
So that kids can get stoked about the richness of making art.

What question do you wish we asked?
What is the capital of Burkina Faso?

What’s the answer?