Estonian graphic artist and painter Eric Pehap
Until 6 May 2012
Eric Pehap was born on April 10, 1912 in Viljandi, Estonia. He studied at Art Academy Pallas in Tartu (1932-33), and at the State School of Arts & Crafts in Tallinn, Estonia (1933-34), graduating with a diploma in graphics. He continued studies at Pallas (1934-39) under artists Nikolai Triik, Ado Vabbe, Arkadio Laigo and Roman Vaher, graduating as a teacher of fine arts and drafting. In 1944 he escaped with his younger brother to Finland, later to Sweden and completed a course in Graphic Techniques at the Graphic Institute in Stockholm, Sweden (1947). He moved to Canada in 1949 and graduated from the Montreal Institute of Mechanical Drafting (1952). Pehap worked since 1952 as a professional painter, graphic artist and commercial designer. He travelled for study purposes throughout Europe, the United States and Mexico.
Pehap was a member of the Society of Estonian Artists in Toronto (EKKT) from 1956-81, and its President 1961-68. He was also a member of the International Institute of Arts and Letters (Fellow) in Switzerland, the Print and Drawing Council of Canada, Visual Arts Ontario, World Print Council (U.S.A.), Graphic Society (U.S.A.), Accademia di Parma, and honorary member of the International Academy in Rome and Academy Milano in Italy. Pehap was the recipient of many awards and honours including „Loodus“ prize for the design of the Great Bible (1939), State Art Gallery Award in Tallinn (1940 and 1941), Estonian Cultural Award in Toronto (1975), gold medal for Creative Art by the International Academy in Rome, Italy, Cultural Medal for Graphic Art in Lyon, France, and Accademia di Parma Gold Medal in Italy (1979).
He developed a new direct method (n.d.m.) in graphics. He was very productive; there are thousands of pieces of his art are left. He published and illustrated several art albums and books, the latest being Eric Pehap: Painting & Graphics(Toronto, 1981). Pehap died in Toronto, Canada in 1981.