Look at Newfoundland. It's wild and I love it, that is all. You cannot find anything else like it in the world. I love the wilderness. Everything is different. The wind, the flowers, the sea.
From Sun Scrapes: French Artist Drawn to Muse of Newfoundland's Landscape, article in The Evening Telegram, August 19, 1994, p.16.
Jean-Claude Roy was born in Rochefort-sur-Mer, France, in 1948. From 1960-66 he studied at the Technical College in Saintes and joined the merchant marine in 1965, sailing on a cable ship. In 1971 he emigrated to Canada and worked in Newfoundland as a marine electrician.
Although he has had a long association with Newfoundland painters Gerald Squires and George Horan, Roy first taught himself to paint during his spare time, sketching and painting outdoors and translating these sketches into oils in his studio. Roy now paints full-time. There is an impressionistic quality to Roy's work. He applies paint thickly, with a brush or palette knife, the resulting marks giving both direction and texture. His usual Newfoundland subjects are landscape and small communities.
His first exhibition in Newfoundland was held at The Gallery on Duckworth Street, St. John's, in 1974. He has participated in numerous group shows, among them the 1984-87 exhibitions at the Salon des Vendanges in Cognac, France, which Roy helped organize. In 1982 Roy returned to France to the village of La Clisse. He and his Newfoundland-born wife now spend part of each year in Newfoundland.
In addition to being part of the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador's Permanent Collection, Roy's art work can be found in various private and public collections including the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Courvoisier - Cognac, France, and Musée St. Pierre et Miquelon.