International award-winning Canadian artist Peter Dusek (www.peterdusek.com) presents Serenity: Inspired by the philosophies of Japanese Zen and Chinese Tao, Serenity is an exhibition of contemplative minimalist photographs distilling the elements of Ontario’s Muskoka and Georgian Bay region into their purest form. Like slowly sinking into a warm bath, the exhibition will remove the viewer from the chaos of modern life and instill a feeling of Serenity in the heart and mind. Serenity is part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and will take place at Abbozzo Gallery at 401 Richmond St. West, Suite 128, Toronto from April 29 to May 27 with the opening reception with the artist on Saturday, April 29th, from 1 to 4pm.
Thanks to everyone who voted — my photograph, Island Lake Dusk, has won the People’s Choice Award at the Ontario Greenbelt / McMichael Canadian Art Collection gallery / Professional Photographers of Canada photo contest showcasing the waterways of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The photograph will be part of a travelling exhibition that will start at the McMichael gallery in March.
We just published a artistically beautiful documentary, called Finding Zen, which describes my work process and gives insight as to what drives me to create my art. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed filming it. Click the full-screen icon in the bottom right of the YouTube window to see it in all its beauty.
Thanks to Stephen Vacheff of Vacheff Videography for his brilliant film-making.
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.
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.”
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”.
“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.”
It was a very exciting evening last night: Peter received Honourable Mention at the Ontario Society of Artists Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works. The exhibition is open until October 16 at the Papermill Gallery in Todmorden Mills, Toronto.
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.
Fourteen of Peter’s works from the central Ontario region of Canada are now on display at The Millcroft Inn & Spa in the town of Alton in Caledon, Ontario until October 30, 2016. The pieces add a touch of luxurious elegance to the Inn and are for sale, sized from 21 x 17″ to 39 x 39″.