Edgar Louis Ewing (1913 - 2006) was born and raised in Nebraska. Upon graduating high school moved to Chicago to pursue his art training and began attending the University of Chicago, where he was soon given an art fellowship to study in Europe. Ewing was heavily influenced by his travels through Europe. He was especially intrigued by the history of Greece and Rome and would eventually return later in his career to do a series of paintings on the subject.
Ewing returned to Chicago where he taught at the Art Institute of Chicago. The artist eventually made his way to the California where he began teaching at the University of Southern California. He taught alongside artist Francis De Erdely and many other important California modernists of the mid-centry. While in Los Angeles he exhibited widely and Ewing’s proficiency with composition and color gained acclaim in the community. Ewing was known for his experiments with modernism -- including broken planes of space and the use of black. His work is held in the collections of the San Diego Museum of Art, CA; Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE; Uinta County Museum, Evanston, WY; USC Fisher Gallery, Los Angeles.