The Rotary Club of Etobicoke’s resident photographer was recognized by the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) over the weekend.
Peter Dusek – who was selected as one of 10 “emerging artists” to be included in the OSA’s 2015 Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works at the Papermill Gallery – won first prize at the exhibition’s opening on Sunday, Aug. 23.
His piece, Cheltenham Badlands Study 1, was named Best Work by an Emerging Artist by the OSA.
“The OSA is Ontario’s oldest and most esteemed art organization, so I am extremely excited to be selected,” Dusek said in a statement.
A proud member of the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, Dusek was born in Slovakia and at age 7 moved to Canada, where he began honing his photography skills.
According to his artists’ statement, Dusek’s toned black and white photographs give viewers a glimpse of “the simple beauty hidden around us” by placing a strong emphasis on balance and negative space. His artistic design goal, he said, is “as little possible, as much as necessary”.
Dusek is represented by Toronto’s Abbozzo Gallery, where he had his first solo exhibition, “Tranquility”, in the spring of 2015. His work is also set to be showcased at the Affordable Art Show in New York City in September.
The OSA’s 2015 Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works runs until Sept. 13 at the Papermill Gallery, 67 Pottery Rd.
– Cynthia Reason