PETER DUŠEK

AVAILABLE ARTWORKS

 

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 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 in numerous galleries across Canada and the USA, including the West Street Art Center, Indiana (Paul Paletti Gallery, KY), John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto, the Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills in Toronto, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, 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 and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

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.

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.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017. Solo exhibition, Belfountain Music Festival, Melville White Church, Caledon, Ontario

2017. Ontario Greenbelt Photo Exhibit, Travelling group show

2017. Serenity – Solo Exhibition, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

2017. Works from the Headwaters Region, Theatre Orangeville / Orangeville Town Hall, Orangeville, Ontario

2016. Tranquility, Headwaters Arts Gallery, Alton Mill Arts Centre, Caledon, Ontario

2016Works from Ontario, Millcroft Inn & Spa, Caledon, Ontario

2015Works from Tranquility, Feature Gallery at Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2015Caledon, Millcroft Inn & Spa, Caledon, Ontario

2015Tranquility, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018. Collective Remix: Group Exhibition in Main Gallery, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2018. Ontario Society of Artists New Members Exhibition, Group Show, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2017Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works, Group Show, Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2017. RMG Exposed 2017, Public fine art photography auction, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario

2017. 49th Open International Juried Exhibition, Society of Canadian Artists, Group Show, Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills, Toronto, Ontario

2017. Mosaic, Ontario Society of Artists 145th Anniversary Exhibition, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, Ontario

2017. Oh Canada – Our Home & Native Land, Society of Canadian Artists Elected Members Exhibition, Group Show, Gallery 78, Fredericton, New Brunswick

2017 Ontario Greenbelt Photo Exhibit, Group show, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario

2017. Be Square II, Society of Canadian Artists, Group Show, Art Square Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2017. Society of Canadian Artists 2017 Open International Online Exhibition, Canada

2016Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works, Group Show, Ontario Society of Artists , Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills, Toronto, Ontario

2016In The Company of Artists, Group Exhibition, Hockley Village Hall, Hockley, Ontario

2016. Group Exhibition, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2016Insights Juried Art Exhibition – Wellington County Museum & Archives, Fergus, Ontario

2016. “Large Works Show”, Society of Canadian Artists 48th National Open Juried Exhibition, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, Etobicoke, Ontario

2016Suspension & Motion – 2016 Annual OSA Open Juried Exhibition, Ontario Society of Artists, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2016. Group Show, Durham Art Gallery, Durham, Ontario

2015Kunterbunt, Durham Art Gallery, Durham, Ontario

2015Affordable Art Fair Abbozzo Gallery at The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY, USA

2015OAG Fall Harvest of Colour, Orangeville Art Group, Orangeville, Ontario

2015A Roundabout Way, Two artist show at The Gibson Centre, Alliston, Ontario

2015Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works, Ontario Society of Artists , Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills, Toronto, Ontario

2015Insights Juried Art Show, Wellington County Museum & Archives, Fergus, Ontario

2014Headwaters Arts Festival Show & Sale, Juried show, SGI Canada Centre, Caledon, Ontario

2014Insights Juried Art Exhibition, Wellington County Museum & Archives, Fergus, Ontario

2014Desmond Juried Art Exhibition and Sale, University of Guelph, Ridgetown, Ontario

2014Awakenings, Juried show, Headwaters Arts Gallery, Alton Mill Arts Centre, Caledon, Ontario.

2013Christmas in Caledon, Headwaters Arts Gallery, Alton Mill Arts Centre, Caledon, Ontario

  • 2017 Best Landscape Award, RMG Exposed 2017, Public art auction, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
  • 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

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