Biography -Artwork Collections and Commissions
Vesa Peltonen has had a rewarding career only in art/design fields for over 35 years. Peltonen was born in Finland, but has lived most of his life in Canada. He is multi-faceted, working on his art, designing, writing to music/composing. Presently he is a semi-retired Art instructor for University, College to High school teaching mostly in Thunder Bay. Toronto,Ontario is his 2nd home. In N.W. Ontario, he's found inspiration in the vast landscape while Toronto area has provided inspiration and a wealth of art opportunities. Peltonen attended Ontario College of Art, Toronto. Later he completed his Art & History degrees at University of Manitoba and Education degree at Lakehead University. He is also a qualified Guidance counselor.
He's had positions in design as a Television Art Director to an illustrator for an Ad agency. He has been represented by several art agents since 1985, giving him a wider art exposure and sales in North America. He has exhibited globally, in solo to group exhibitions and his artworks are in many international, private to corporate art collections.
In 2002, the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto, invited him as an advisor to help select best submissions for Arts Education Grant receiving, along with 3 other jury members.
Peltonen has been well known for his commissioned art, especially serigraph prints for many special events. He's created limited edition prints to sell in World Class Sports events from the 1981 Canada Summer Games, the Pan Am Aquatic Museum, Winnipeg,1983, to the Barcelona Summer Olympics 1992. A highlight in Peltonen's career was an art commission for renowned scientist, Dr. Jane Goodall's 30th anniversary of dedicated work. She co-signed each of the serigraphs before her Canadian speaking tour began, sponsored by Zoocheck Canada, animal protection org.
Artist, Vesa Peltonen founded 'Global ArtXchanges' organization 10 years ago, with the purpose helping needy youth worldwide in impoverished places to receive proper art supplies, as to places like Kathmandu, Nepal, with the help of the places local organizers.
He won the City of Thunder Bay annual' Culture/Heritage Award 2006 in Visual Art, for his onging artistic efforts to benefit N.W.Ontario. Peltonen has written & given lectures about how important the Arts are for community growth, relating that, "Art is very integral to all communities, no matter the size, to enliven, help economy, have artists work with the business sector, thus providing a healthier aesthetically vibrant environment, to enrich peoples' lives."
'Art-icle' Blog about Vesa Peltonen & 'Global ArtXchanges':
Article/Review - Claudia Moscovici ~Novelist~Writer/Fiction & Art criticism - Michigan, U.S.A.
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 Hotel, 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., Canada.
Dominion Motors GM head office, Thunder Bay, ON
Royal Bank of Canada, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Shell Canada office, Winnipeg. MAN., Canada
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 Artworks/Related Art Experiences:
1981- Canada Summer Games - created 4 commemorative serigraphs of 150 ed.each.
1981 -World Jr. Hockey Gold Medal Championships -created commemorative print series
1983/84 -Aquatic Museum of Canada, Winnipeg, created 4 serigraphs prints for promotional gifts sent worldwide.
1985 -Designed art for limited ed. 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 hotel rooms.
1988 -Commissioned to design/produce 125 commemorative prints, for the 'World Women's Curling Championships' won by the Canadian 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.
1989 –Peltonen won the bid to produce large murals, glass carved sculptures & many watercolours depicting train coaches,manufactured at Bombardier Inc.
1989/90- Worked on the ‘Merchant Marine’ Monument project, Thunder Bay waterfront. Peltonen co-designed the concept, created sculpture concept for its centre-piece. .
1991 -Zoocheck Canada, Toronto commissioned Peltonen to create prints to commemorate renowned scientist, Dr. Jane Goodall's 30th anniversary study of chimpanzes in Africa. [She co-signed each of the prints].
1992- Summer Olympics- Barcelona, Spain.- Designed sand carved glass gifts.
1995 -World Nordic Championships -licensed to produce 'glass design' collectables.
1997 -Won a commission create original art for the Victoria Inn's new executive suites plus add prints for all hotel rooms.
1997 – Artist in Residence- World Boy Scout Annual Jamboree Celebration. N.W.Ontario
1998 -1 week Solo Art Show - Omega Gallery, Red Lake, Ontario
2000 -Solo Art Exhibition, Marek Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2002- Solo Art Exhibition at ‘Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay - mixed media art
2002- Awarded ~Artist in Residence -Lunenburg, Nova Scotia ~ Helped raise funds with area artists for a new Art Gallery plus directed workshops on Mixed media & creative photography
2002- Art Education Advisor’ for the Ontario Arts Council representing N.W.Ontario, along with 3 other jurors.to select best applicants for Arts Education grants. [ He recommended that Thunder Bay should have an Ontario Arts Council 'sattelite office' to help increase more applications, esp. from aboriginal artists, which was accepted].
2004 -Regional Solo Art Exhibition’ 'Highway Fusion',- Thunder Bay Art Gallery, ON
2007- Founded 'GLOBAL ArtXchanges’- send proper art supplies to needy youth groups
2007 -Won the City of Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Award in ‘Visual Arts’ category.
2000-2009 –Ongoing Commissions of ‘Artist Concepts’ of coaches for Bombardier Inc.
2007-Commissioned to create 3 Via Rail watercolours, to prints for VIA Rail & Bombardier
2007-Peltonen's music composition added into 'Thunder Bay Blues Fest' compilation CD.
2010- Commissioned to create and produce a 'Commemorative Artwork' depicting the essence of the 'World Jr. Baseball Championships' - [sold worldwide]
2012 - July Group Art Show - Moniker Art Gallery, Richmond St., Toronto, ON
2012 - Began a Monument concept to Commemorate the women & men who worked at Ft. William CanCar Foundry who built 2 of the top fighter planes of WWII.[in process].
2014 - Hosted an 'ArtTalk' radio show: 'Creatively Speaking' 1 hr.talk on relevant to off-beat Art topics and interviews, for KFNX 1100 Independent Radio, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
2015 -Peltonen decided to create fashion/accessories [on his terms, no quota] for Vida Co.,[San Francisco], after they called to make a proposal, after seeing his artwebsite.
2016- [June] International artists Group Art Exhibition at 'Altamira Gallery', Havana,Cuba, exhibited 4 of his artworks and participated in open talk session..
2016-[Sept/Oct] Solo Art Exhibition -'at 'In Common' Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON.
2017/18- Was selected to be among only 100 artists, showing his art in the renowned 'Inspirational: International Art Book'. 4th/5th edition. The large art books weresent worldwide to galleries, art museums,.art agencies, art collectors & sold as well.
2018 -Thunder Bay Art Gallery annual art auction. Vesa Peltonen always had his art sell well, contributing to his favourite annual auction for Art fundraising, since 1992.