Whimsical Winter - PETER WYSE

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Whimsical Winter -  PETER WYSE

Whimsical winter paintings by PETER WYSE

BLUEBIRD DAY
BLUEBIRD DAY
PW682
acrylic, panel
48 x 16 in.
$3,070 CAD


SHINNY SHENANIGANS
SHINNY SHENANIGANS
PW681
acrylic, panel
12 x 24 in.
SOLD


TREE SHOOSHER
TREE SHOOSHER
PW680
acrylic, panel
12 x 12 in.
$840 CAD


SHREDDER
SHREDDER
PW679
acrylic, panel
12 x 12 in.
$840 CAD


THE ROYALS
THE ROYALS
PW678
acrylic, panel
12 x 12 in.
SOLD


SNOW PATROL
SNOW PATROL
PW677
acrylic, panel
10 x 10 in.
SOLD


PATROLLER
PATROLLER
PW676
acrylic, panel
10 x 10 in.
SOLD


RACE TO THE LODGE
RACE TO THE LODGE
PW673
acrylic, birch panel
16 x 16 in.
$1,120 CAD


Peter Wyse was born in 1970 (The Year of the Dog) in Kamloops, BC. He works from his home studio in the historic village of Clayburn, 75 km east of Vancouver. Peter shares this charming space with his wife, son and a mischievous mutt.

“I live within a landscape of dogs and frogs, flora and fauna, and even a rubber duck or two. My life is both peaceful and playful and this is what I paint.”

Peter was introduced to art at an early age through his grandfather, R.E. Walker, who schooled his grandson in the practice of painting and the discipline required by an artist. He later studied art history and fine arts at the University of British Columbia. Four years after receiving his degree, his grandfather suggested, “Time to quit your day job!” This encouragement has led to successful solo and group exhibitions in BC, Alberta and Washington State. His work is represented by galleries across Canada and is collected worldwide. Peter is a proud partner of UNICEF Canada.

Peter’s eclectic art interests range from Matisse and Rothko to the murals of Meso-America. These influences are evident within his spatial relationships and with his lively use of colour and line. While Peter has worked with a range of mediums, he now paints exclusively with acrylics. Insatiably curious, Peter takes great delight in the mundane, using his unique style of layering and sanding flat coats of paint to reveal how the ordinary can become extraordinary.

UNICEF Cards: 10 Questions with Peter Wyse
by: June Findlay
October 25, 2017

Peter Wyse was born in 1970 in Kamloops, BC. He works from his home studio in the historic village of Clayburn, 75 km east of Vancouver. Peter shares this charming space with his wife, son and a mischievous mutt. His work is represented by galleries across Canada and is collected worldwide. Insatiably curious, Peter takes great delight in the mundane, using his unique style of layering and sanding flat coats of paint to reveal how the ordinary can become extraordinary. Peter is a proud partner of UNICEF Canada, and we’re happy to have talked with him to get his perspectives on life, art and what UNICEF means to him.

What cause/issue do you most identify with? Why?
I have been incredibly fortunate with my life. Safety, food, shelter were never a concern. I was nurtured, loved, encouraged to pursue my dreams - I won the life lottery. A childhood friend was not as fortunate. So I identify with leveling the playing field - what UNICEF does. Not simply surviving but thriving resonates. Every child should have the opportunity to thrive!
What children’s cause/issue are you most passionate about? Why?
One of the perks as a Dad is that I have coached a number of sports that I really had no business coaching...the smiles from the kids were incredibly rewarding. I don't specifically identify with issues like education, health... more that kids should just be kids. Free of worry, to dream. It's what I believe in – and it's what I paint.
What’s the strongest memory of your childhood?
My family and I were camping in the Chilcotins in British Columbia. My father and I were creek fishing. We were searching for the perfect pool of still water where the trout would be resting. As we rounded a bend in the creek, my father stopped. He signaled me to be quiet. Just 100 feet away was a grizzly bear and her cubs. We silently backed away and returned to the safety of our Volkswagen van. It was the first and only time I have ever seen my Dad afraid. Funny thing that this memory stuck with me because today I have full respect for the power and danger of these bears. When they appear in my paintings, they are symbols of motherhood: strength and gentleness.

Name something you love, and why.
I love mountain biking. I love the challenge of a climb. The sound and feel of my heartbeat. The smell of the forest. Getting into a peddling rhythm. Wondering where the summit is...getting to the top, catching my breath and then rolling the descent - the flow of the trails. You are completely in the moment. Love it!
What is your dream project?
Back when I was in university, I loved working in the sculpture studio. I would love to develop some of the characters from my paintings into 3-D works of art one day. It’s on my to-do list!
What are you most proud of?
This question could really be changed to who....I am most proud of my son Noah. He is a combination of both myself and my wife, but he is his own person. I love how he is completely comfortable in his own skin. I love his integrity, his grit, his sense of humour, his thirst for adventure. I am very proud to be his Dad--even though he kicks my butt on the ski hill!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
My silly answer would be: “Don’t eat any yellow snow.” (Thanks Dad!) The best advice? Hmm…my Dad is a wonderful listener and the advice you get from him usually comes from within - he just waits for you to get there. I find that is the best advice - it arrives when you are ready to hear it. The most recent advice I have embraced came from my friend Mike who brainwashed me into entering a trail race called the Valley 'Vertikiller'. While I am experienced riding the trails, running 25 km is tough. He told me not to be concerned with my times, to slow down. I go on these two-three hour runs and I am aware of every single step - you have to be. I seem to be bringing this idea of slowness into my daily life - not necessarily of being slow, but rather being present. Or maybe I am just slow...
What can’t you go a day without?
Chocolate!
What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
My studio floor and walls are littered with sketches. These are potential paintings, ideas that I ruminate over, a few actually make it as paintings. My painting tools are cleaned and set out the night before. Basically, I am like a messy surgeon. I usually have a list of what I want to accomplish. I usually have CBC on the FM dial, or sports talk radio on the AM dial. A second cup of coffee sits while I get elbows deep into the paint. Though I never drink it, that second cup of coffee has become part of my process. I know, it's a waste...
What does UNICEF mean to you?
In 2005, I was in New York City with my wife and son. We were walking from the United Nations building to our hotel and passed the UNICEF store. After seeing the cards for sale, I remember saying to my wife, “Wouldn’t it be amazing to be a UNICEF artist?” All these years later, it is incredibly rewarding that my artwork on a UNICEF card will help a child. UNICEF means hope to me; it means kids can dream – big, amazing dreams! Becoming a part of the UNICEF team was a proud moment because it means that my own work is making the world a better place. It’s an incredible gift that UNICEF has presented me... and it puts a smile on my face.

Born on Apr 1, 1970 in Kamloops, BC. Nationality is Canadian

Education

1994 BAFA, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
1992 Langara College, Vancouver, BC
Studio lessons with Grampa Buzz, White Rock, BC

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 Hambleton Gallery, Kelowna, BC
2012 Granville Fine Art, Vancouver, BC 2005 White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC
2001 Canada House, Banff, Alberta (with Bill Brownridge)
2001 Mix Gallery, Seattle, WA
2001 Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2000 Deborah Worsfold Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1999 The Fort Gallery, Fort Langley, BC


GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2017 West End Gallery, Victoria, BC
2016 Adele Campbell Gallery, Whistler, BC
2015 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2014 White Rock gallery, White Rock, BC
2014 West End Gallery, Victoria, BC
2014 Woodlands Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2014 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2013 White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC
2013 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2013 Granville Fine Art, Vancouver, BC
2012 West End Gallery, Victoria, BC
2012 White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC
2012 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2011 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2011 White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC
2010 Woodlands Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2010 Granville Fine Art, Vancouver, BC
2010 West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2010 Canada House, Banff, AB
2009 White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC
2007 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2006 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2005 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2004 Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
2004 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2002 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2001 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2000 Deborah Worsfold Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1994 Painting Show, UBC, Vancouver, BC

Collections

The Bay, Calgary, AB
BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC Canuck Place, Vancouver, BC
Central City Brewing Company, Surrey, BC Don De Cotiis, Vancouver, BC
Sara Renner, Canadian Olympic Silver Medalist
Beckie Scott, Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist
Mosaic Homes, Vancouver, BC
Rick & Jessica Nash, NY Rangers

Awards

UNICEF Canada
Savary Island Land Trust Canuck Place
SPCA
JDRF Heroes Program SADS Foundation
Rob Bosinger Ski Training Scholarship
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

Publications

Anningson, Brett. ARABELLA. “Love Bounces Back.” Spring 2016.
Atkinson, Cathryn. PIQUE Newsmagazine. “Artists Galore at The Art of Winter.” November 2015.
Alexander, Rob. Rocky Mountain Outlook. “Canada House Goes to the Bears Saturday.” June 2012.
Ryan, Janice. Edmonton Journal. “For the Love of the Canadian Experience.” February 2010.
King, Ingrid. Magazin’ Art, Fall Issue 2009.
Moore, Jacquie. SWERVE, Entertainment Magazine published by the Calgary Herald. Cover and article, “The Art of the Game,” September 2007.
Pirie, Jason. Rocky Mountain Outlook. “Show timed to start with the drop of the puck.” September 2007.
Connoly, Dayna. Summit Up. “Brownridge brings colour,” November 2001. Parry, Malcolm. The Vancouver Sun. July 2000.
Foster, Janis. The Abbotsford News. “Life’s a beach for ‘playful’ artist,” April 1999. The Langley Times. “Life is a Beach,” March 1999

Credits

2017 UNICEF Hallmark Holiday Card
2017 BC Children’s Hospital Healing Experience Project (Ceiling Tiles) 2017 Rogers’ Chocolates Art Tins
2016 Banff Alpine Racers ‘Race Day’ commission and 25 limited edition prints 2016 UNICEF Corporate Holiday Card Program
2015 Cover Art for Duncan Milne’s novel And Then They Ruined Everything 2013 Cover Art for Duncan Milne’s novel The Death of Rock ‘n’ Roll
2013 BOZO CUP Race Bib
2012 SUGOI Artist Series Cycling Jersey
2011 Signal Snowboards, created for prorider Chris Dufficy 2009 Wellspring Foundation Greeting Card Program
2009 Cornerstone 52 Foundation Greeting Card Program 2008 CTV News, October 26, 2008
2000 Compaq Presario Commercial

CHARITIES

UNICEF Canada
Savary Island Land Trust
Canuck Place
SPCA
JDRF Heroes Program
SADS Foundation
Rob Bosinger Ski Training Scholarship
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation