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Dante Aleksandr Penman (b. 1986, England)

I started my visual art journey in 2004 by accident – At the time I was living in South Wales, studying music at college and homeless. A local photographer was looking for a group of young homeless people to take disposable cameras and document a ‘day in the life’, I took some cameras and shot over 100 images of everything from the ocean to the people around me. The collective project eventually became a group show on public display and after seeing the reactions of people looking at my work, I was inspired to shift my attention to photography and the rest spiraled out from there. I supplemented my photography some years later with adult classes in various media under the guidance of incredible teachers. I am currently an independent, interdisciplinary artist in Canada and still learning every day.

In the spring of 2013 I graduated from the School of the Photographic Arts Ottawa (SPAO) where I focused on early photographic processes and lighting styles of the Modernist period. I then completed the Artist Residency at SPAO where I completed my first solo exhibition, Liebe Handwerk! The exhibition was a presentation of linocut printmaking, chemigram prints, fungi sculptures and a handmade exhibition catalogue with an essay on the creative process as well as the geography and bestiary of H. P Lovecraft that inspired the exhibition.

Statement

Since 2014 I have been collating information from dream journals, recurring nightmares and fragments of writing throughout the years, weaving them into coherent narratives that describe a particular place, its inhabitants and its infrastructure. I am also examining and re-connecting with the town I grew up in, immersing myself in Welsh history and folklore and accepting my childhood nostalgia as an important truth and an essential part of who I am as an adult. My reflections have manifested as a series of three-dimensional works in various media as well as video and animation components.

- August 2018

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Education

2013-2014 - Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, ON / Printmaking

2011-2013 - School of the Photographic Arts, Ottawa, ON / Photography

2009-2011 - University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Wales / Maj. Photography, Elect. Film Studies & Art History

2003-2009 - Swansea Arts College, Swansea, Wales / Visual Arts & Music

Awards and Scholarships

2013 - Artist residency scholarship. Merit-based scholarship, Private donor.

2013 - Applied Arts, Student Award [Article] [Tearsheet PDF]

2012 - Award of Visual Merit: Exhibition, Level 1. In recognition of outstanding achievement in Exhibition No.7, School of the Photographic Arts

2012 - The Lux Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting, School of the Photographic Arts

2012 - Jeune Talent Award, Sponsored by Yobé-Trépanier for the Arts

Artist Residencies

2013-2014 - Directed Research and Production, School of the Photographic Arts, Ottawa, ON

Public Talks

2014 - Liebe Handwerk!, School of the Photographic Arts, Ottawa, ON

2013 - The lumen print and photogram, School of the Photographic Arts, Ottawa, ON

Solo Exhibitions

2014 - Liebe Handwerk!, School of the Photographic Arts, Ottawa, ON

Group Exhibitions

2015 - Dissonance, Studio Sixty Six, Ottawa, ON

2014-2015 - Under $500 Holiday Show & Fundraiser, Studio Sixty Six, Ottawa, ON

2014 - A Year In Reflection, Studio Sixty Six, Ottawa, ON

2014 - PUSH: The New Printmakers, Studio Sixty Six, Ottawa, ON [Article]

2014 - Lumen Eyes: The Art of the Lumen Print, Plates to Pixels, Web-based exhibition [link]

2014 - Exhibition No. 9, School of the Photographic Arts, Ottawa, ON

2013 - The Postcard Collective, Fall Exchange, Worldwide

2013 - Chinatown Remixed, Ottawa, ON

2013 - Exhibition No. 8, School of the Photographic Arts, Ottawa, ON

2013 - SPAO Print Sale, School of the Photographic Arts, Ottawa, ON

2013 - UN/SEEN, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, ON

2013 - Must Have, Must Wine Bar, Ottawa, ON

2012 - The Postcard Collective, Fall Exchange, Worldwide

2012 - Open House, School of the Photographic Arts, Ottawa, ON

2012 - Nuit Blanche: Shoot Back, Lee Matasi Gallery, OSA, Ottawa, ON

2012 - Exhibition No. 7, School of the Photographic Arts, Ottawa, ON

2012 - SPAO Print Sale, School of the Photographic Arts, Ottawa, ON

2011 - Open House, School of the Photographic Arts, Ottawa, ON

2008 - Access to the Arts Show: Ballardian Architecture, Swansea, Wales, UK

2004 - Empowering, Swansea, Wales, UK

Self-Published Works

2014 - Liebe Handwerk!, Rue D’Auseil Press, Ottawa, ON ISBN: 978-0-9921484-0-9
[featured - Editorial Design Served]

2013 - Argentum et Lux: Volume 1 - Lumen, Rue D’Auseil Press, Ottawa, ON

Featured

2013 - Applied Arts Magazine, Student Awards [Article] [Tearsheet PDF]

2013 - Art & Science Journal, Issue 2 - Contributing artist

2009 - The Pinhole Camera: A Practical How-to Book for Making Pinhole Cameras and Images

by Brian J. Krummel ISBN:1442187662