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This is the Roly Fenwick that you only see at his home.

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Joe Belanger Photo-Op by London artist Roly Fenwick is part of a new exhibition of the portrait of the renowned landscape painter in London’s Michael Gibson Gallery until June 12th.

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This is the Roly Fenwick that you only see at his home.

The latest exhibition by this renowned London artist is titled Images From The Home Well on at the Michael Gibson Gallery until June 12th. It is the gallery’s 12th solo exhibition of Fenwick’s works.

Fenwick, a Western University professor emeritus who taught visual arts for more than 20 years until 1989, is best known for his Bruce Peninsula landscapes that were born in Owen Sound.

The exhibition includes a number of self-portraits painted over the past 10 years in which he portrays himself in moments of solo contemplation: sitting on the back porch of his house, in bed or reading in front of his favorite tree, said Jennie Kraehling, who deputy director of the gallery.

“During our countless studio visits over the years, we’ve always admired Fenwick’s family portrait pictures hanging in his home and studio,” said Kraehling.

“Figurative painting has long been a topic for Fenwick, but has rarely been exhibited in public. Our exhibition marks the first time that Fenwick’s portraits have been exhibited together. “

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The portraits include those of his mother, wife, son and daughter and “are tender, private moments of his intimate family,” said Kraehling.

Fenwick has also painted Photo-Op, a group portrait of friends including prominent members of the London art scene: artist Hugh Mackenzie, Maurice Stubbs, Helmut Becker, Joseph Hubbard, gallery owner Al Stewart and collector Ian Tripp.

Fenwick studied with Alex Colville and the Group of Seven Lawren P. Harris at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick in the early 1950s before moving to Toronto to work as art director for the Simpsons-Sears department store catalog.

In 1968, artist Tony Urquhart Fenwick recruited as a professor of painting and drawing in the Visual Arts Department of Western University. Since his retirement, Fenwick has continued to paint in his London studio and Big Bay Cottage on the Bruce Peninsula.

His paintings are in the permanent public collections of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, McIntosh Art Gallery and Museum London.

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What: Images From The Home Well, an exhibition of portraits by London artist Roly Fenwick.

When: Until June 12th.

Where: Michael Gibson Gallery, 157 Carling St., London