- 11 Thorne St,
- Cambridge, ON N1R 5S9
Kirkwood Wagner Gallery is a private gallery with a permanent exhibition of the work of its owner, artist Bill Schwarz. The gallery also, periodically, displays the work of other Canadian artists.
Bill draws in pen and ink, and paints with watercolours, acrylics, casein and oils. He is profoundly influenced by the impact of humanity on its surroundings. Diverse images from urban and rural landscapes, glimpses of long forgotten and neglected buildings, vehicles and vessels left to the ravages of nature, present a visual contrast to his paintings of sun drenched rooftops and dusty vistas of Europe and Latin America.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan until he was seventeen, Bill was a child prodigy winning his first colouring contest at five years of age. However, this early burst of fame was interrupted for fifty years as he pursued his education, earning his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Toronto in 1966. Bill was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1968 and moved to Cambridge where he has built a successful and respected law practice with his business partner Bob Pettitt. The law practice continues to thrive with Carly Hills, Mike Pass and Bill.
For all of that, artistic genius was not to be suppressed. His smoldering interest in art was rekindled in 1997 when his wife, Nancy, suggested they take an art course together. Bill’s tenacity took hold and he has since pursued his artistic development with courses at the Ontario College of Art and Design, the Dundas Valley School of Art, the Homer Watson House & Gallery, the Cambridge Library and Gallery, the Georgian Bay School of Art, and by attending other artists’ workshops in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe.