Rowena Dykins

Acrylic abstract painting by Rowena Dykins featuring a textured surface with large blocks of red, blue, and white

Walking series #3, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 12″ x 12″

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.

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.

Exterior view of Rowena Dykins's studio. Blue house with a yellow door and a bike on the porch.

Rowena Dykins’ Studio

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Selections: 37th Annual Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour Exhibition

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

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Jane LowBeer, String Theory, 2015, monotype on paper, 22" x 28"

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

Selections: 34th Annual Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour

Peter Rotter, Looking Up, 2017

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Rowena Dykins, Lynn River, 2012

Rowena Dykins: Riparian

Rowena Dykins: Riparian

Mar 11, 2011 to May 8, 2011

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