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Juror’s Comments for OSA Honourable Mention Award

The following descriptive text about Reaching was written for the Ontario Society of Artists Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works by juror Anja Karisik from the Loch Gallery in Toronto:

“The third prize goes to the photographer who captured a lone tree standing stoically in a snowy white foreground. It is a tranquil, elegant, and sophisticated scene. The photographer catches the trees leaning subtly to the left while the ground on which it stands slopes gently to the right. The stark negative space is contrasted with the dark graphic lines of the tree. The soft fog-engulfed trees in the background act as a perfect mediator between the contrasting lights and darks of the frontal elements. The simplicity of the work is misleading and therein lies the skill of a fine balance achieved.”

Tranquility Art Exhibition in 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 Dusek - Headwaters Arts Gallery

Peter Dusek - Headwaters Arts Gallery

Peter Dusek - Headwaters Arts Gallery

Peter Dusek - Headwaters Arts Gallery

Peter Dusek - Headwaters Arts Gallery

Peter Dusek - Headwaters Arts Gallery

Ontario Society Of Artists Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works

The OSA Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works art show opens today and runs until October 16. Peter’s piece, Reaching, Hockley Valley, Ontario, Canada, 2016 in the Museum size, 48 x 48″ framed under acrylic to 51 x 51″ will be on display along with other OSA artists. The exhibition takes place at the Papermill Gallery in Todmorden Mills, Rosedale, Toronto. The public is welcome to the opening reception on Thursday, October 6 from 5 to 8pm.

Ontario Society of Artists Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works 2016

Society of Canadian Artists 48th Open National Juried Exhibition “Large Works Show”

The Society of Canadian Artists 48th Open National Juried Exhibition — “Large Works Show” opened yesterday. The exhibition runs from July 11 to August 11 at the Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery. I am looking forward to attending the opening reception, which will be on Sunday, July 17th from 2 to 4pm. All art in the show can be seen (and purchased online) here:

http://shop.societyofcanadianartists.com/…/48th-open-exhib…/

My two pieces in the show, “Shodo” and “Cheltenham Badlands, Study 1”, are from my exhibition, “Tranquility“, at Abbozzo Gallery in 2015 and also part of the Saks Fifth Avenue collection.

 

37th Insights Juried Exhibition of Fine Art

I’m heading down tonight to the opening reception for the Elora Arts Council’s Insights exhibition at the Wellington County Museum & Archives in Fergus. Looking forward to the presentations and chatting with people. My piece in the show is “Morning Rays” framed to 29 x 35.5″, which is a photograph of the northern edge of Hockley Valley in Ontario showing layers of hills and trees and the sun’s rays lit up by the cold autumn morning’s mist. I still remember how the temperature was close to zero degrees Celsius and how my hands were stiffening up with the cold. The sun’s warm rays were most welcome. “Morning Rays” is part of my Tranquility series, which was originally shown at Abbozzo Gallery in 2015. Two editions of “Morning Rays” hang at the two Saks Fifth Avenue stores in Toronto.

Morning Rays, Mono, Ontario, 2013
Morning Rays, Mono, Ontario, 2013

 

Canadian Art Installation for Global Furniture Group

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:

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“Reaching”, Mono, Ontario, 2016 framed under acrylic to 60 x 60″

 

 

Society of Canadian Artists 48th National Open

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.

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