Item 16799-13

Oil on Board ' "We Still Have to Help with the Chores" c1978 Signed by Acclaimed Canadian Artist Peter Shostak (1943- ) - Bisque Linen Mat in a Rustic Look Wood Frame - A fond look at childhood rites from rural Alberta- 32" W x 22" H
Peter Shostak (1943- )
Peter Shostak was born and raised on a farm in northeastern Alberta. His early interest in art inspired him to major in art at the University of Alberta. In 1969, he obtained a Masters degree in Art Education and then took a teaching position at the University of Victoria. He remained there as Associate Professor of Art Education until 1979, when he decided to leave teaching and pursue a career as an artist, devoting all of his time to painting and silkscreen printing.
Much of Shostak’s art reflects his memories of growing up on the prairies during the late forties and fifties. Painting vignettes reminiscent of Alberta past and present, well-known artist Shostak captures the essence of prairie winters melting into golden summers, ending with the abundance and celebration of the fall harvest. His paintings depict children cavorting in snow, the beckoning warmth of a glowing hearth on a long winter night, and the endless and endlessly rewarding toil and ritual of prairie life. For Shostak, little has changed on the land and in the hearts of those descendants of the first hardy settlers in the West.
Shostak’s most ambitious project, to which he devoted five years of painting, was completed in 1991 with the unveiling of his series “For Our Children“. These fifty large oil paintings, that portray early pioneer settlement in Western Canada (based on Ukrainian pioneer experiences), have been exhibited across Canada. All fifty paintings, along with background stories gleaned from Shostak’s many years of research, are reproduced in the coffee table book For Our Children. In the introduction to this book, W.D. Valgardson states, “In his life and his art, Peter Shostak depicts what it means to be Canadian. He honours the memory of all our past lives.”
In 2003, Peter Shostak received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his outstanding exemplary contribution to Canada. He also is the recipient of the Taras Shevchenko Medal, the highest honour awarded by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. The Medal recognizes exceptional achievement in culture and the arts and is measured by the recipient’s level of excellence and initiative, body of work, peer recognition and the impact both within and outside the Ukrainian Canadian community. Other awards include: Western Showcase at the Calgary Stampede, an annual juried world class exhibition, “Best New Artist” – flat work and Western Art Auction “Best New Artist” – flat work.
Most major cities in Canada have repeatedly hosted exhibitions of his work over the past several years and he has completed many commissioned paintings and serigraphs for individuals, organizations and major corporations.
After living in Victoria for many years, he now lives in Courtenay, BC. Shostak frequently returns to his native Alberta to photograph and refresh his mental images of prairie life and the landscape.

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