In today’s world, the eyes and the soul are assaulted by a myriad of things, causing us to lose our focus, become scattered, and even blinded to the simple beauty hidden around us. Peter Dušek is an international award-winning Canadian photographer whose toned black and white photographs give us a glimpse of this beauty, hidden like a special shell amongst the pebbles on a beach. Inspired by the philosophies of Japanese Zen and Chinese Tao, Peter places a strong emphasis on balance and negative space and his artistic design goal is “as little as possible, as much as necessary”, giving an almost abstract quality to his intimate landscapes. His style embodies the Japanese design aesthetic shibumi, which means “a quiet elegance”. In this simplicity can be found the serenity and perhaps even the happiness that often eludes us.
Peter is represented by Abbozzo Gallery in Toronto, where he had his first solo exhibition, Tranquility, in 2015. The exhibition sold out almost two and a half times over, with Saks Fifth Avenue acquiring two complete sets to represent Canadian Art at their two stores in Toronto. He was awarded “Best of 2015” by the American Society of Media Photographers, “Best Work by an Emerging Artist” by the Ontario Society of Artists, and his work has been shown by Abbozzo Gallery at the Affordable Art Fair in New York City, alongside art from 70 international galleries. Peter had his second major exhibition, Serenity, at Abbozzo Gallery in 2017 as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the largest photography event in the world. His work was featured in the Summer 2017 issue of Arabella art and design magazine. He has exhibited with the Ontario Society of Artists and the Society of Canadian Artists and in numerous galleries across Canada, including the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto, the Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills in Toronto, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and Gallery 78 in New Brunswick. Peter’s work is held in private and corporate collections throughout North America.
Peter was elected to the Ontario Society of Artists in 2015 and the Society of Canadian Artists in 2016. He is also a proud member of the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Headwaters Arts, and the Town of Mono Heritage Advisory Committee.
Great photography is the rare marriage of the creativity of art with the technique of craft and the precision of science. If any one of these elements is missing, a photograph falls short of its full potential. Peter’s photography benefits from over 25 years of experience as a computer consultant and programmer, building sophisticated database systems, which requires a similar blend of creativity, craft, and extreme attention to detail.
Peter also works as architectural photographer. Benefitting from his deep understanding of light, composition, feeling and meaning from his work as an artist, his architectural photos show a strong feeling of place and space, often including people to give insights into how a building fits into people’s lives. Peter’s work has been used on corporate, business, film, charity, political, and federal government websites, advertisements, electronic tourism boards, business brochures, sell sheets, and has been seen in publications such as Air Canada’s EnRoute magazine, In The Hills magazine, In The Kingsway magazine, Toronto.com, as well as on Global TV news.
Born in Bratislava, Slovakia, Peter moved to Canada when he was seven years old. He lives in the beautiful Hockley Valley, Ontario with his wife, dog, and cat, exploring the countryside by motorcycle, bicycle, or on foot, often accompanied by his dog, Daisy. His frequent excursions give him a deep familiarity and affinity with some of Ontario’s most beautiful lands.
- 2017 People’s Choice, Ontario Greenbelt / McMichael Canadian Art Collection / Professional Photographers of Canada Photo Contest
- 2016 Elected to the Society of Canadian Artists
- 2016 Honourable Mention, Ontario Society of Artists Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works, Toronto, ON
- 2016 Curry’s Award, Ontario Society of Artists, Toronto, ON
- 2015 Elected to the Ontario Society of Artists
- 2015 ASMP Best of 2015, American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), USA
- 2015 Best Work by an Emerging Artist, Ontario Society of Artists, Toronto, ON
- 2015 International Photographer of the Year, Honourable Mention, International photo contest held by IPOTY
- 2015 Neutral Density Photography Awards 2015, Honorable Mention, International photo contest held by ND Magazine
- 2015 Juror’s Choice Second Place, Orangeville Art Group, Orangeville, ON
- 2014 Juror’s Choice, Headwaters Arts, Headwaters Arts Gallery, Alton, ON
- Global Furniture Group
- HLS Therapeutics Inc.
- Saks Fifth Avenue
Publications and Interviews
- 2017 Living in the Interval, Artist to Collect: Peter Dusek, Arabella Magazine, issue coming soon
- 2017 Peter Dusek: Poet, Photographer, Orangeville Citizen
- 2017 Photo contest highlights Ontario’s Greenbelt, Toronto Star
- 2017 Portrait of Orangeville dog at Island Lake wins Ontario Greenbelt photo contest, Orangeville Banner
- 2016 Finding Zen, Short film by Stephen Vacheff, YouTube.com
- 2016 Photographer has Zen-inspired work in gallery at Alton Mill, Orangeville Citizen
- 2015 Peter Dusek, ASMP Best of 2015, American Society of Media Photographers
- 2015 Artist in Residence, In The Hills Magazine
- 2015 Rotary Etobicoke Photographer Named ‘Emerging Artist’ by Ontario Society of Artists, InsideToronto.com and the Etobicoke Guardian
- 2015 Hockley Valley Artist Offers Unique Views, The Orangeville Banner
- 2014 Headwaters Arts Festival Show & Sale: Autumn’s Canvas, In The Hills Magazine