Rowena Dykins

abstract palette knife painting in shades of bright orange with small breakthroughs of pink, blue and black

Wrapping my arms around a sunset, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 16″

About the Artist:

Rowena Dykins lives on Big Cedar Lake in North Kawartha. She studied fine art at Concordia University, The School of Art and Design at Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and at John Abbot College. She teaches in the Durham Region and Peterborough. She attended two Artist Residencies, one on Toronto Island and the other in Newfoundland.

Dykins has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her most recent solo exhibitions took place in 2011 at The Art Gallery of Peterborough (Riparian), and in 2014 at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington (Resonance). Her works are in the collections of the Art Gallery of Peterborough, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and the Station Gallery.

Rowena Dykins is an abstract painter, and installation artist who sets up dynamic fields for the viewer to enter as her materials reflect an aesthetic deeply rooted in the natural history of the earth. Wandering, gathering, and listening to nature’s rhythms are a constant source of inspiration. Dykins has created a geo-poetic beauty where paint, colour, purity of gesture, and installations infuse the viewer with the power of nature’s energy. Abstraction becomes a language of the earth. From covering a gallery floor with salt, to recreating a stone wall beneath a line of field paintings, this artist conjures nature as a living event.


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Installation view of KAST Selections exhibition. From Left: Paul Nabuurs, Bronson Smith, David Hickey

Peer Christensen, Park & Lansdowne St., Peterborough, oil on canvas, 2019

Looking Up, 2017

Rowena Dykins, Lynn River, 2012

Rowena Dykins: Riparian

Rowena Dykins: Riparian

Mar 11, 2011 to May 8, 2011

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