E.C. Rolwing grew up in Louisville, KY and graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.A. in fine art. He then received a double M.F.A. in printmaking and photography from Ohio University in 1986. Upon graduation he moved to Chicago.
Artist Chuck Rolwing readily steps into his painting process with both a head full of visual fodder and an open heart to accidents and chaos. Each piece is created through a long spiritual journey that inevitably includes struggle. Rolwing stays open to reworking his canvas; layers scraped, wiped out and repainted until strong images and a silent but vibrant narrative emerge. The piece finds itself through this turbulence, emotion and idea its own reward. It is this investigation of the accidents and chaos that create new meanings and possibilities. His process keeps him connected to the continuum of human existence, the artwork becoming the footprints of the experience.