designer, visual artist and calligrapher Friedrich Peter was
born in Dresden, Germany in 1933. He moved to West Berlin in
1950, where he studied lettering design, painting, graphics,
typography and calligraphy at the Academy of Visual Arts. After
finishing his studies, Friedrich and his wife Christine were
enticed by a poster of the Canadian Rockies and sought out the
Canadian consulate to explore the possibility of leaving Germany:
"the rugged nature of the North touched him deeply".
Upon their arrival in Canada in 1957, they took a train from
Montreal to Vancouver, where in 1958 Friedrich became an instructor
at the Vancouver School of Art. He continued to teach at the
school and its successors, the Vancouver College of Art and
the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, until 1998. He also
taught courses at the University of British Columbias
School of Architecture and conducted workshops in lettering
and calligraphy at the Emily Carr Institute and painting sessions
in West Vancouver and Whistler, BC.
teaching, Friedrich has worked creatively in many areas of art
and design. He continues to be actively involved in painting and
exhibiting, calligraphy, typeface design, drawing and book illustration.
He has had solo exhibitions in public and commercial galleries
and has participated in national and international group shows
and traveling exhibitions of painting, calligraphy and medallic
art. His designs for postage stamps, coins and medals include
issues commemorating Canadas National Anthem in 1980; patriation
of Canadas Constitution in 1982 and the Terry Fox Marathon
of Hope, also in 1982. Winning designs include the 1998 Sports
Series of four 50-cent proof coins for the Royal Canadian Mint;
$100 gold coins for the Constitution, the 1988 XV Olympic Winter
Games in Calgary and the official Sports Medal of the Games.
was commissioned to design large banner murals for the Sixth Assembly
of the World Council of Churches and the MacPherson Centre in
Burnaby, BC; murals for Trinity Western University and Regent
College at the University of BC, and street banners for the City
His typeface design work has received awards in several international
Typeface Design Competitions. The widely used Vivaldi
and Magnificat fonts, traveling exhibitions of his
calligraphy and his book illustrations have made his work known
abroad. Elected as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy in
1974, Mr. Peter is listed in the Canadian and American editions
of "Whos Who of Art".
Friedrich and Christine have raised three children, all born
in Canada, and believe that "Gods guidance, not our
dreams of freedom
brought us to Canada."