Jean McEwen was born in Montreal in 1923 and died in the same city in 1999. Encouraged by Paul-Émile Borduas, McEwen perfected his painting and printmaking in Paris and Montreal, under the influence of artists like Jackson Polock, Mark Rothko and Jean-Paul Riopelle. His work has been exhibited in many cities, including Montreal, Toronto, New York, Paris and London. Some of his works are included in important public collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada. McEwen won the 1998 Prix Paul-Émile Borduas.