Roly Fenwick was born in 1932 in Owen Sound, Ontario. A Professor Emeritus, Fenwick taught visual art at the University of Western Ontario from 1968-1989. In 2002, Fenwick’s solo retrospective exhibition, A New and Greener Light, travelled from the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery to Museum London. His work is in the collections of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, McIntosh Gallery, Museum London as well as corporate collections across Canada.
Roly Fenwick is well-known for his lush oil and loose watercolour paintings. His inspiration is drawn from the Bruce Peninsula, which Fenwick refers to as his “ancestral bloodroots”. He frequently migrates to his cottage in Big Bay to produce drawings, sketches and small paintings of the landscape. The small paintings of swamps, marshes, fields and forests are then used as reference material for his larger works. Fenwick explains that his “interest in not in scenery but in probing to reveal the forces beneath the veneer”. His oil paintings thoroughly reflect this interest in revealing the sources of nature. The viewer is continually drawn in and can feel the lushness and spirit of the Canadian landscape.