Erich Pehap (1912–1981)

Pehap, Erich (1912–1981). Woods landscape. (1932)

Eric Pehap is one of the most famous abstract artists from Canada. Born in the family of a policeman in 1912. He studied art with the famous artist from Viljandi – Julius Mageri. After he entered the Tallinn State School of Arts and Crafts in Tallinn, where he studied ceramics and graphics.
Since 1931, he entered the Pallas Art School, where he received a diploma in painting and graphics. For a long time he worked as a freelance artist and teacher, until in 1943 he went to Northern Europe. He worked as a commercial artist and illustrator in Stockholm until 1949 when he moved to Canada.
Eric Pehap is one of the most prolific artists of the 20th century. He created thousands of prints and hundreds of oil and watercolor paintings. The main themes of his works are urban landscapes and figure compositions. He gave preference to female moving figures, experimenting with colors.
During his life he has held more than 15 exhibitions in Northern Europe, Estonia, New Zealand and Canada. He was a laureate of many art awards, for which he received the Cultural Medal.
His works are kept in many museums in Europe and Canada, but the online sale of paintings by the Estonian artist is also represented in the Rios Art Gallery.