Vesa Peltonen - Artist

Biography -Artwork Collections and Commissions






Vesa Peltonen considers his art career a rewarding one, having dedicated his artistic expertise in various fields of art to design.Born in Finland, at age 5 his parents took on new job positions in Thunder Bay, Canada. He's multi-faceted, with talents in art, design, music/composing, article, blog writing, and authoring two books. Now, he lives and works in Thunder Bay and also Toronto, Ontario, as both cities provide inspiration and connecting/networking with varied clients. He attended Ontario College of Art,  then later completed his Art and Art History degrees at University of Manitoba, plus Education degree at Lakehead University, with also an AQ as a Guidance Councellor specialist. 


He had been a Television & Radio Art Director for 5 years and after, worked in Winnipeg for two Ad agencies as an illustrator. With forming his company 'Peltonen Art & Design International', he had continued his designing and art creating. He has exhibited his art globally, in solo to group exhibitions, He likes working with photography techniques as a means to a creative end, especially in producing limited edition serigraph to digital prints.


Peltonen is presently a semi-retired art instructor, from many years with University/College to HIgh School. He began teaching for University Visual Arts, with taking Distance Education Art credit courses into many N.W. Ontario communities. He also taught Art, Social studies, English Literacy and other courses off and on, in various First Nation N.W. Ontario communities.. 


He has received numerous awards in painting, printmaking, photography, to design, He was asked to be an advisor for the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto, to jury Art in Education grant submissions. Peltonen is well known for his commissioned art many in Corporate and Private Art Collection as well as having created limited edition prints for Canadian and International special events and helping in fundraising.

He has very often immersed himself in other cultures, having travelled to five continents over a 35-year period. This quote from author Henry Miller captures his philosophy that "Travel is not just about a place, but a new way of seeing things".  


Peltonen is presently semi-retired from teaching to explore his art direction further, as in Internationally invited solo art exhibitions. He's researching to author his 2nd book. Peltonen, but taking his time. He has been an 'artist-in-residence' prior in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. He is looking to later be an artist in residence elsewhere, as he found it a great cultural learning experience plus making new connections.


Also, he has continued freelancing in computer design for a few companies. Since mid 2015, he has designed with Vida & Co. [San Francisco] to create original designs for their casual fashion wear. 

"It's a neat way to work. I simply need a laptop and able to design from almost any country. I choose the art and what casual wearable it will go onto, as a silk scarf, then they produce that item. I work at my own pace." He soon hopes on moving onto retail sales globally, allocating marketing, finding the best strategy. 


Peltonen had founded 'Global ArtXchanges' organization in 2006 which is an ongoing humanitarian art development that help needy youth worldwide in impoverished and war-torn areas receive proper basic art supplies as for example Kathmandu, Nepal.


He is a long time photographer which has been the main component in his visual artworks process.

His love for photography began in 1975 as he was hired by a Toronto Blues Music magazine to photograph well-known musical performers, while he was at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. 


Peltonen has won awards in juried exhibitions for photography, painting and also in the graphic design field. He was awarded the City of Thunder Bay Culture/Heritage Award 2006 for his Visual Art endeavours that had benefited the city and region.


He has had many exhibitions across Canada. A two-month Solo 'Regional Artists' Exhibition in 2004 at the N.W.Ontario, Thunder Bay Art Gallery. It was highly successful. It was mentioned that to sell 17 artworks out of 38 was quite high for a Government Funded Art Gallery/Museum.


Since 1985 his art has been represented by five art agents including one print publishing company in Winnipeg, that sold his and other artists' works across N.America at many Art Fairs and Galleries bought more by art collectors.


He was asked to be an Art advisor representing N.W.Ontario as one of several in selecting Arts Education grants for the Ontario Arts Council in 2002. He has made it a point to advise and educate students and the public that "Art is a most integral part of Community." 


He also has an AQ as a Guidance counsellor specialist. His learning never stops. His art & design has opened up new opportunities now which is expanding internationally.

His decision to take an indefinite leave as art instructor shows he has the courage and determination "seeing it as a job" that has purpose and meaning. He has been asked at times to give talks to workshops on his experience as an art instructor on Aboriginal Communities as well as discuss his focus on explaining to the public, to whoever may listen, that "Art is very Integral to all Communities" [Be them small or large], or they begin to diminish in their connection to creativity".




'Art-icle' Blog about Vesa Peltonen & 'Global ArtXchanges':



Article/Review Claudia Moscovici ~Novelist~Writer/Fiction & Art criticism - Michigan, U.S.A.




Vesa Peltonen/Artist ~Review via LinkedIn  Jan. 6, 2015


I have been observing your work for a while now, Vesa (because you are wisely persistent on Linked-In). Today I decided to take a closer look at your work via your website. 

As a life-long fine artist, I am very impressed with the style of painting you have developed. Naturally, we artists are constantly instructed to "follow the shapes" and that "detail 

kills a painting". As such, your abstracted style of depicting imagery works those precepts with great skill and visual effect. 

Very nicely done.


- Karl Bronk


 Bronk Communication Productions, owner/art director, artist, Boston




The following are Corporate Art Collections:


Bombardier Inc.,Thunder Bay/Montreal
Via Rail, Canada

Canadian Embassy, Norway

Canadian Embassy, Japan
Ontario Provincial Government
Manitoba Provincial Government
Newfoundland Provincial Government
Molsons Canada Ltd., Toronto, Ontario

Confederation College, Thunder Bay
Victoria Inn, Thunder Bay

CBC Radio & Television, Toronto

Airlane, Travelodge Hotel, Thunder Bay
Canada Games Complex, Thunder Bay
Pan Am Pool/World Aquatic Museum, Winnipeg
Whistler Mountain Condominiums, B.C.
Dominion Motors GM office, Thunder Bay
Royal Bank of Canada, Calgary 
Shell Canada, Winnipeg  

Barcelona Summer Olympics, Spain's Sports & Culture Centre 
Wing Contractors, Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay City Hall, Thunder Bay

Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
Amateur Hockey Assoc. of Canada, Ottawa
National Ballet of Canada, Toronto


Commissioned works/Related Art Positions~ last 30 years:


1981- Canada Summer Games - created commemorative print series
1981 -World Jr. Hockey Gold Medal Championships -created commemorative print series

1983/84 -Aquatic Museum of Canada, Winnipeg, created 4 prints designed for gifts and promotion  
1984- Thunder Bay Football League -created print series for fundraising
1985 -Designed art into prints depicting famous Canadian ballet dancer, Karen Kain. She co-signed each of 125 limited serigraph prints for a successful fundraising effort.

1985 -Travel Lodge Hotel, Thunder Bay. –commissioned to create prints for all hotel spaces 

1988 -Commissioned to design/produce 125 commemorative prints, for the 'World Ladies Curling Championships' won by the Thunder Bay, Canada team. 

1989- Invitation to participate in the O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, National Ballet of Canada fundraising Group Art Exhibition. Peltonen sold 6 artworks in the one week showing.  

1990, contributing an artwork for their annual art auction. Always has sold a donated art, and had tied for the highest price paid for an artwork in their auction.

1991 Zoocheck Canada, Toronto, commissioned Peltonen to create prints to commemorate famous Dr,

Jane Goodall's 30th anniversary as an animal scientist, (She co-signed each of the prints).

1992- 1992 Summer Olympics- Barcelona, Spain.- Designed glass sand carved designs as gifts 

1993 –Won 1st place Award for Painting [category] at Thunder Bay Regional Juried Art Show.

1994 –Peltonen won the bid to produce large murals, glass carved sculptures to watercolours depicting train coaches in their setting destination which are manufactured at Bombardier Inc., Thunder Bay.
1994- Worked on the ‘Merchant Marine’ Monument project, Thunder Bay waterfront. Peltonen designed the sculpture for the monument's well as the brochure mail-outs for raising funds.

1995 -World Nordic Championships -licensed to produce 'glass design' collectables.

1995-The Definitely Superior Gallery, Thunder Bay, Canada [2009],'

1996 - Solo Art show, Triangle Lounge/Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1997 -Won a commission create original art for the Victoria Inn's new executive suites plus add prints for  all regular hotel rooms.

1997 – Artist in Residence- World Boy Scout Annual Jamboree Celebration-

Thunder Bay, Ont.

1998- 1 week Solo Art Show - Omega Gallery, Red Lake, Ontario

2001- Solo Art Exhibition at ‘Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay

2002- Artist in Residence -Lunenburg, Nova Scotia ~ Helped raise funds with area artists for a new Art Gallery plus directed workshops on mixed media and creative photography

2003- Art Education Advisor’ for the Ontario Arts Council representing N.W.Ontario. He recommended that Thunder Bay should have an Ontario Arts Council 'office' to increase the applications. It was accepted.

2004 – Regional Solo Art Exhibition’ 'Highway Fusion',- [Sept. & Oct], Thunder Bay Art Gallery, ON

2006- Founded –World Youth arts humanitarian org. –'GLOBAL ArtXchanges’

2006 – Won the City of Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Award in ‘Visual Arts’ competition category.
2000-2009 –Ongoing Commissions of ‘Artist Concepts’ of coaches for Bombardier Inc., Thunder Bay
2007-Commissioned to create 3 Via Rail watercolours, to prints for VIA Rail & Bombardier
2007-Vesa Peltonen's music composition added to 'Thunder Bay Blues Festival' compilation CD.
2010- Commissioned to create and produce a 'Commemorative Artwork' depicting the essence of the 'World Jr. Baseball Championships' - (sold nationally worldwide )

2012 -Group Art Show - Bizune/Moniker Art Gallery, Toronto 

2012 -Peltonen was nominated for a poem entered for the‘Wildsound’Writers Organization, Toronto, ON, Canada.

2013-Hosted an 'Art Talk' radio show, called, 'Creatively Speaking' discussing relevant art news topics. This was a 7 month period, for KFNX 1100 Independent Radio, Phoenix, Arizona.

2016- Solo Art Exhibition -'[7 weeks] at the 'In Common' Gallery/Lounge, Thunder Bay, ON

2016- Invited for June, 2018 Solo Art Exhibition at 'Altamira Gallery', Havana,Cuba.

2016-2017- Was selected to be among 100 artists, [two years in a row ], showing his art in the renowned 'Inspirational: International Art Book'. 4th & 5th Edition. [selected from over 4000 submissions]. 

2017 -Thunder Bay Art Gallery annual art auction. Vesa Peltonen has always had his art sell, when he contributed to his favourite auction for fundraising, since 1990, 

2018 May- Solo Art Exhibition, at 'Altamira Gallery', Havana, Cuba.


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