I am excited and honoured to say the I have been accepted as an Elected Member into the Society of Canadian Artists, Canada’s national art organization dedicated to expanding the visibility and stature of the visual arts. I had two pieces as a guest in an SCA open exhibition earlier this year and look forward to participating in many more as a member.
An exciting newspaper feature about Peter’s art exhibition, “Tranquility”, at the Headwaters Arts Gallery at the Alton Mill in Alton, Caledon:
Peter’s award-winning, Zen-inspired art exhibition, “Tranquility”, is now installed and open at the Headwaters Arts Gallery at the Alton Mill Arts Centre in Alton, Caledon, Ontario. Everyone is invited to attend the opening reception, which will take place on Saturday, October 15, from 1 to 4pm. The works were first exhibited at Abbozzo Gallery, where Peter is represented, in Toronto in 2015, and sold over two and a quarter times over at the initial showing with Saks Fifth Avenue from New York City purchasing two complete sets to represent Canadian Art at the two stores they opened in Toronto this year. Works from the exhibition have received international awards including “Best Work By An Emerging Artist” by the Ontario Society of Artists and “Best of 2015″ by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). All 19 pieces are available for purchase in limited editions in three sizes: framed to 21 x 17″, 29 x 29″, and 42 x 42”.
The photographs in the exhibition can be seen in detail in their gallery on this website.
“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 Dusek is an international award-winning Canadian photographer whose toned black and white photographs give us a glimpse of this hidden beauty, a beauty hidden like a special shell amongst the pebbles on a beach. Inspired by the simplicity of Zen, 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 of shibumi, which means “a quiet elegance”. In this simplicity can be found the tranquility and perhaps even the happiness that often eludes us.”
Peter is very honoured that Global Furniture Group has acquired ten large pieces of his work, framed up to 60 x 60″, for their collection, to be used in their international corporate showroom in Toronto. Many of the toned black and white photographs were selected from Peter’s new work along the shores of the Georgian Bay and the Muskoka region of Ontario. Visitors to the offices will be able to see, and more importantly, feel, the beauty of Canada’s landscape. The photographs feature elegant glimpses of Ontario’s landscape features on land or water, distilled down to their essence with Peter’s minimalist Zen-inspired approach.
Views of the installation can be seen by clicking here:
I am very thrilled that the jurors of the Society of Canadian Artists have selected two of my pieces for the SCA 48th Open National Juried Exhibition, “Large Works Show”, which will take place at the Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery from July 17 to August 11, 2016. The two pieces, “Shodo” and “Cheltenham Badlands, Study 1”, are part of my series, “Tranquility“, first seen at Abbozzo Gallery in 2015, and both part of the Saks Fifth Avenue collections at the Toronto Eaton Centre and Sherway Gardens stores. The opening reception will be on Sunday, July 17th from 2 to 4pm at the centre, located at 399 The West Mall Toronto ON M9C 2Y2.
I am proud to donate a print to the Brain Injury Society of Toronto for their Birdies for Brain Injury Golf Tournament silent auction on June 24, 2016 at Lionhead Golf & Country Club in Mississauga. The print, “Seclusion” is sized 8 x 8″ framed under anti-reflective ArtGlass to 17 x 21″ and is valued at $600. Part of my Georgian Bay and Muskoka series, the photograph was made on the shores of the Georgian Bay in Dillon, Ontario, north of Parry Sound. It features a silhouette and reflection of pine trees on an island across the water. If one looks very closely, a hidden cottage is revealed among the trees. The print is also available in three other sizes: 20 x 20″, 36 x 36″, and 48 x 48″, in editions of 10, 10, and 5, respectively.
I am very pleased to announce that Saks Fifth Avenue from New York City has purchased two copies of my exhibition, Tranquility — 38 pieces in total — to display and represent Canadian art at the two stores are will be opening in the GTA. One store will be at the Toronto Eaton Centre, due to open on February 18th, and the other one, at Sherway Gardens in Etobicoke, to open later the same month. It is truly an honour to have been selected as one of the artists to set the mood for Saks Fifth Avenue’s luxury brand. Abbozzo Gallery in Toronto currently has an exhibition of works from Tranquility in their Feature Gallery. Details of the store opening can be found in this article from the Toronto Star.
I received a very exciting letter this morning saying that I have been elected as a member of the Ontario Society of Artists, Canada’s oldest running artist society. Founded in 1872, OSA has been instrumental in establishing many major Canadian art institutions, including the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Ontario College of Art. For me become a member of that organization is an honour beyond words. I feel very small and filled with wonder to be in a group of Canada’s best-known painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers, in our time and in the past.
I am very pleased to announce that I am now being represented by Abbozzo Gallery, an excellent art gallery, in downtown Toronto, Ontario. Their blog post about the announcement is here. And my information page on their website is here. The gallery was very pleased with the success of my first solo exhibition, Tranquility, featuring 19 toned black and white photographs of Canadian landscapes in central Ontario. I am looking forward to work together in the future.
The Abbozzo Gallery has generously extended the photography exhibition, Tranquility, for two more weeks until June 12, 2015. This is a great chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of Toronto life and enter the room and spend some time basking in the peaceful and quiet atmosphere.