Peter Powning


Peter Powning is a talented artist who shifts easily between various media including clay, metal, glass and photography. He is perhaps best known for his sculptural works in glass and metal that have been exhibited internationally. In 2006, Peter Powning won the prestigious Saidye Bronfman Award, one of Canada’s most significant solo visual arts prizes. Powning’s photographs, like his work in sculpture and ceramics, are studies in texture. In this recent series, the artist experiments with photographing books under water, the result is beaurtifully eerie, as words and pages succumb to water’s ripples. The photographs also take on a sculptural element in that they are mounted on substantial aluminum bases. Powning’s work has won numerous awards and competitions, and is included in many public collections, including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Artists and currently lives and works in Markhamville, New Brunswick.