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Peter Adams

Peter Adams
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Peter Adams is interested in questioning our ideas about what is landscape, where we go to seek beauty and where we go to recharge. His work highlights the complexity of calm immersion in nature, juxtaposing realism with abstraction, seeking serenity in a frenetic and chaotic world. Each of Adams’ compositions are characterized by a unique architectural framework fleshed out with deliberate and gestural marks. Every piece is a creative journey, an effort to capture the emotional essence of place and the essential energy of a particular landscape.

Peter Adams is an award winning painter born in Glasgow, Scotland. He now lives and works in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. He has received numerous grants from the Ontario Arts Council and was a finalist in the Salt Spring National Art Prize in 2015. More recently, he was invited to participate in the Brazil's Labverde Arts Immersion Program and was shortlisted for the 2017 Kingston Prize - Canada's national portrait competition.
EDUCATION
1989-1993 Honours Bachelor of Arts, Film Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
1988-1989 Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, Ontario

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
Best of Show, Visual Elements 62, Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, ON, 2020
People’s Choice Award, Latcham Gallery Juried Exhibition, Stouffvile, ON, 2020
First Place in Portraiture, Paint Ontario Exhibit, Grand Bend, ON, 2020
TD Wealth Art Prize Finalist, Midland, ON, 2018
Kingston Prize Finalist, Kingston, ON, 2017
Labverde Amazon Residency, Manaus, Brazil, 2017
First Prize, Figureworks Exhibit, Ottawa, 2016
Cherry Carnon Award, Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, 2015
Salt Spring National Art Prize Finalist, Salt Spring Island B.C., 2015
Jurors’ Choice Award, Headwaters Arts Festival, 2014
Juror’s Choice Award, South Simcoe Arts Council Juried Art Show, 2012
Juror’s Choice Award, Headwaters Arts Festival, 2003
Mayor’s Annual Purchase Award, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, 1999

GRANTS
OAC Exhibition Assistance Grant, 2018
Ontario Arts Council Project Grant, 2017
OAC Exhibition Assistance Grant, 2017
OAC Exhibition Assistance Grant, 2012
Ontario Arts Council Project Grant, 2010
Reed T. Cooper Bursary 2009
OAC Exhibition Assistance Grant, 2007
Ontario Arts Council Project Grant, 2000

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
“Things We Take With Us, Things We Leave Behind” Creemore Festival of the Arts, 2018
“Earth Scar Series” Carnegie Gallery, Dundas Ontario 2017
“Engagement” Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Minden Ontario 2017
“Troposphere” Quest Gallery, Midland Ontario 2016
“The Detritus Project” Creemore Festival of the Arts, Creemore, 2014
“The Weight of Water” Double Door Gallery, Anten Mills Ontario, 2014
"Heartland" Gallery 111, Barrie, 2013
“Lonely Avenue – and Some Minor Deviations” Double Door Gallery, Anten Mills Ontario, 2012
“Irregular Terrain” Tremont Gallery, Collingwood, 2012
“High, Low & In Between” Bartlett Gallery, Alton Ontario, 2011
“The Leighton Farm Project” Dufferin County Museum, 2010
Swift Advance
  • Peter Adams
  • Swift Advance
  • Oil
Extended Approach
  • Peter Adams
  • Extended Approach
  • Oil
Elevation
  • Peter Adams
  • Elevation
  • Oil
Venachar View
  • Peter Adams
  • Venachar View
  • Oil
Amazonia Specimen Box #3
  • Peter Adams
  • Amazonia Specimen Box #3
  • Oil
Earth Scars #7: Ekati Diamond Mine
  • Peter Adams
  • Earth Scars #7: Ekati Diamond Mine
  • Mixed Media
Earth Scars #11: Jericho Diamond Mine
  • Peter Adams
  • Earth Scars #11: Jericho Diamond Mine
  • Mixed Media
Probing the Isle of Arran
  • Peter Adams
  • Probing the Isle of Arran
  • Oil

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