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Sculpture: “Ladybugman" on International exhibition:

Tartu Printmaking Festival “Shadows” named after Peeter Allik

Tartu Artist House 10.06.–10.07.2022

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Together in the Summer Breeze

Koos Suvetuules

Hight 72 cm Wide134 cm Dept 9 cm


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Democratic Conversation

Two sculptures/ one work

Height 46 cm


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The Man Who found Something he was Not Missing.

60 X 38 X 20 cm


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Monument for:


Includes mothers with children on the run.

Height 171 cm. Width 83 cm. Depth 41 cm


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Feet Warm -Head Cold

92 X 69 x 6 cm

Material: Iron/wood


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Fish Kiss

105 x 48 x 8,5 cm

Material: Wood and author material

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The Woman with the Iron Will

74 x 16 x 23 cm

Material: Iron with bronze 


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Monument for The Rest

20 x 15 x 45 cm

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Stop, I'm getting off!

38 X 14 x 6 cm

Material: Iron with bronze 


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Three paintings included on:

The Jubilee exhibition of the Estonian Painter association: LOVE STORY. On New Art Museum in Pärnu.



The Clean Presentation (Niels Jørgen)/Puhas esitlus (Niels Jørgen) Oil on canvas 200 × 100 cm.

Cooperation/Koostöö. Oil on canvas. 210 × 85 cm.


Heavenly Conversation /Taevalik vestlus.

Oil on canvas

110 × 120 cm

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Exhibition: „Haiguste ravi. Kontrollitud.“ 18.01.–26.02.2022.

Vaal Gallery Tallinn.


Alice Kask, Kaupo Kikkas, Laurentsius, Maarit Murka, Per William Petersen, Sirje Petersen, Tiit Pääsuke, Kadri Toom, Jaan Toomik, Alar Tuul.


Curator Katri-Evelin Kalaus.

Designer Madis Liplap


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Footprints in the snow 

– a sculptor’s way

Made of Triinu Soikmets for Nordic Baltic Art Center NOBA 2022

Yes, I do snowmen – all the time, even in the summer!

I do not even want to be cured of that occupation, even though life might have been easier without it.


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Dreams Needs Wings

H 69. W 43. D 47 cm.

Author technic



The Ado Vabbe Award 2021


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The most important Art Prize in Tartu in Estonia

The Ado Vabbe Award 2021, was awarded to the Danish artist Per William Petersen. 

Tartu tähtsaima kunstipreemia pälvis taanlasest skulptor Per William Petersen



320 pages in 3 languages: English, Estonian and Danish

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Per William Petersen has consciously undertaken a deeply intri­gu­­ing experiment on the scale of his own life: to exchange an environment filled with clearly defined patterns of memory for an environ­ment that is completely open to unexpected situations. 


Per William Petersen’s works always make you do a double take, something that has always been touched with sensitivity in people and their nature. 


That is why the works collected in this volume also act as a journey into the human soul, which is full of surprises and emotions. 


Kaire Nurk, artis and art writer


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Per William Peterseni teadlikult ette võetud elu-mastaapi eksperiment – vahetada kindlaid mälumustreid täis keskkond läbinisti ootamatustele avatud uue keskkonnaga – on sügavalt intrigeeriv. 


Per William Peterseni teosed tekitavad alati kerge nõksatuse, alati on tundlikult midagi puudutatud inimeses ja tema olemises. 


Nii muutub siinne kaante vahele kogutud teostejada ka ühtlasi üllatuste ja emotsiooniderohkeks rännakuks inimhinge. 


Kaire Nurk, kunstnik ja kunstist kirjutaja




Per William Petersens bevidst gennemførte livs­skalaeks­periment. At udveksle et miljø, fyldt med visse hukommelsesmønstre, med et helt nyt miljø, totalt åbent for det uventede – er dybt fængslende.


Hans værker giver altid et lille ryk, de berører altid følsomt noget i mennesket og i dets væsen.


På denne måde bliver rækken af værker, der er samlet i denne bog, en overraskende og følelsesrig rejse til den menneskelige sjæl.


Kaire Nurk, kunstner og kunstskribent

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Flying Mind

75 X 60 X 50 cm

Author technic

Stars have Sharp Edges

Hight 104 cm

Deep 80 cm

wide 29 cm

Author’s technique / Autoritehnika

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The Big Step

High 26 cm. Length 39 cm. Wide 10 cm.


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New  in Gallery Objects

Seeking Soul/Otsiv hing

Author’s technique / Autoritehnika

54× 44 × 26 cm

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Reunion Express

38 X 34 X 6 cm

Author’s technique / Autoritehnika

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Infinity and Beyond

Author’s technique / Autoritehnika

45× 36 × 6 cm

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"Very nice show! Immediately made my mood happy.

Marite Rikkas has not seen such good works and titles for a long time. Thank you!"

From the guestbook in exhibition “Woman in Fur” Tartu Art House 03.09-03.10. 2021.


Exhibition respons in SIRP 24. October 2021. SIRP is Estonias Culture Newspaper comes out once a week.

You can read it here in 5 minutes -if you are good to estonian ;-)

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Per William Petersen in Tartu Art House


On Friday, 3 September at 5 p.m. the sculptor and painter Per William Petersen will open his solo exhibition “Woman in Fur. Selected Works 1995–2020” in the large gallery of the Tartu Art House. The exhibition is curated and designed by Madis Liplap. At the opening, a substantial publication about the artist’s oeuvre will be presented.


The art historian Peeter Talvistu has written: “Although

Per William Petersen is originally from Denmark, over the last fifteen years he has become an established and valued member of the art life in Tartu and in Estonia in general. His contributions are no longer seen as coming from a guest from abroad but as works made by a sculptor and painter who is a known and treasured member of the local community. His geometrical style, patina-like finishing and whimsical sense of humour are considered something quintessentially Petersen-esque.”


The artist and art historian Kaire Nurk adds: “Per William Petersen has consciously undertaken a deeply intriguing experiment on the scale of his own life: to exchange an environment filled with clearly defined patterns of memory for an environment that is completely open to unexpected situations. His works constantly make you do a double take, something that has always been touched with sensitivity in people and their nature. They also act as a journey into the human soul, which is full of surprises and emotions.”


The book “Woman in Fur. Selected Works 1995–2020” collects Petersen’s oeuvre from the last twenty five years alongside his thoughts about life and creation. It also includes a lengthy interview and an article by Kaire Nurk. The book is in English, Estonian and Danish.


Per William Petersen is a sculptor, painter and graphic designer who was born in 1955 in Denmark and is living in Tartu, Estonia. He is a member of the Estonian Artists’ Association, Estonian Sculptors’ Union, Tartu Artists’ Union and Danish Sculptors Society. This is his first solo exhibition in the Tartu Art House.


Thanks: Tartu Artists’ Union, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Danish Cultural Institute, Peeter Talvistu, Kaire Nurk and Tanel Asmer.


The exhibition is open

until 3 October 2021

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Annual Exhibition of the Estonian Sculptors’ Union 2021. 

"Together" “Koos" Bronze / Pronks + model in wood

On the exhibition „Flows into Being” in the Pallas Gallery. 22.09.2021 – 23.10.2021 Curator: Heiti Kulmar

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New  in Gallery Objects

Calm, Cool, and Collected

Rahulik, külma kõhuga

ja tasakaalukas

Author’s technique / Autoritehnika

56× 26 × 23 cm

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New  in Gallery Upjects

Just as I thought happy could

not be happier 

50 X 40 X 12 cm

Author technic

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The Sculpture "Together in the West Wind" on the international sculpture exhibition ”URBI E ORBI” in Ølgod, Denmark.

26 June to 27 September 2021

The front page of the catalog for the same exhibition




The sister sculpture for "Together in the West Wind" - "Together in the Side Wind" is set up in Elsinore July 2021

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New  in Gallery Objects



Author’s technique / Autoritehnika

58 x 30 x 26 cm.

The head can rotate 360 degrees

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New  in Gallery Objects

Comming Home


Author’s technique / Autoritehnika

33 × 20 × 18 cm

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New  in Gallery Objects

The Portuguese Cat

Portugali kass

Author’s technique / Autoritehnika

26 × 13 × 20 cm

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New  in Gallery Objects

Meet Me on the Moon

Tutvuge minuga Kuul

Author’s technique / Autoritehnika

60 ×13,5 × 37 cm


New  in Gallery Objects

The Moment I Realized

Height 56 cm  Width 17cm  Depth  33 cm

Author technic



New  in Gallery Objects

Tomorrow Man

Height 78 cm  Width 65cm  Depth  24 cm

Author technic

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New  in Gallery Objects

The Moment I Realized

Height 56 cm  Width 17cm  Depth  33 cm

Author technic

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New  in Gallery Objects

The Moment I also Realized

Height 38 cm  

Author technic

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The Moment I Realized the Others had Realized

Height 33 cm  

Author technic

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3 paintings on:

Estonian Painters Association Annual Exhibition "Temporary Area/Ajutine pind" Curator: Jaan Elken. UKM-MONA in Pärnu. Open from 20.02.- 28.03.2021 .

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New  in Gallery Objects

Talking Head

Hight 70 cm. Wide 33 cm. Dept 31 cm

Author technic

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New  in Gallery Objects

Miss Understood

Hight 270 cm

Author technic

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The Man that turned out to be Jazz

Mees, kes osutus Jazziks

Hight 46 cm

Author technic

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New  in Gallery Objects

Even the heaviest curtain can be rolled up.

115X80 cm

Author technic

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New  in Gallery Objects

Together in the West Wind

Hight 100 cm Wide134 cm Dept 33 cm

Author technic

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New  in Gallery Objects

“Are You Talking to Me?”

Hight 100cm

Author technic

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New  in Gallery Objects

Woman in fur

High 100cm  Wide  37 cm Deep 28 cm

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New  in Gallery Objects

Through Unknown Land

L 64 cm H 43 cm W 41 cm

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Estonian Sculpture Union's annual exhibition -National Library in Tallinn.

Eesti Rahvusraamatukogu 6. korruse näitusesaal

October 7 - October 27, 2020

Per William Petersen:


Going to the History


The Little Book About Everything 
H 58 cm L 65 cm D 22 cm

The Big Book About Nothing 
H 105 cm L 90 cm D 42 cm



Catalog from Estonia Art Union

Spring exhibition 2020 in Art Hall in Tallinn until 12.07.2020

“Cut the Crap” 

Cut the Crap is a Heavenly band consisting exclusively of members of the "27 Club”

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New  in Gallery Objects

Grand Opening III . Vol 2 

128 cm high

Author technic

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New  in Gallery Objects

"If you decide to sit on horseback through life,

it is important you select the right horse!”

Length 95 cm.  Hight  94. Wide 3. Author technic



New  in Gallery Objects

Machine of Return

Mixed Materials 

H 44 cm W 52 cm D 20 cm 



New  in Gallery Objects

Machine of No Return

Mixed Materials 

H 50 cm W 45 cm D 15,5 cm



“Cut the Crap” on 20. Spring Exhibition in Art Hall in Tallinn until 12.07.2020

Cut the Crap is a Heavenly band consisting exclusively of members of the "27 Club”

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New  in Gallery Objects

Getting some Air

Author technic 

Hight 65 cm Length 70 cm

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Cut the Crap is a Heavenly band consisting exclusively of members of the "27 Club”

Right now it exist of 8 members.




Proposal for prize statuette

for the Music Award

Brass. Height 34 cm

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New  in Gallery Objects

7th and 8 member of the Band: Cut the Crap

Cut the Crap is a Heavenly band consisting exclusively of members of the "27 Club”
Height 720 mm Wide 320 mm Dept 340 mm
Author technic.

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New  in Gallery Objects

5th member of the Band: Cut the Crap

Cut the Crap is a Heavenly band consisting exclusively of members of the "27 Club”
Height 560 mm Wide 600 mm Dept 270 mm
Author technic.

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New  in Gallery Objects

6 th member of the Band: Cut the Crap

Cut the Crap is a Heavenly band consisting exclusively of members of the "27 Club”
Height 560 mm Wide 600 mm Dept 270 mm
Author technic.

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New  in Gallery Objects

Fourth member of the Band: Cut the Crap

Height 440 mm Wide 400 mm Dept 280 mm
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New  in Gallery Objects

Third Member of the Band: Cut the Crap

Hight 570 mm Wide 320 mm Dept 340 mm
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Here Ulrich Thomsen stands with a piece of cake,

in front of the work "Happily Ever After."

(More in Gallery Upjects)

And remember to watch his new great movie Gutterbee.

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Eesti Energia has used one of my 3 sculptures “Kiviõli” (Oilstone) for the cover of their 2018 annual report.

2014- 1th Prize.. Competition for commissioning work of art to Tallinn University Technology Virumaa College Oil Shale Competence Center. (Tallinn University od Technology)

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The second member of the band:

Cut the Crap

Hight 470 mm Wide 480 mm Dept 340 mm
Author technic.

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New  in Gallery Objects

Serious Glass Dependent.

The founder of the band: Cut the Crap

Hight 650 mm Wide 270 mm Dept 410 mm
Author technic.

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New  in Gallery Objects

The Breakthrough

Depth 72 cm. Hight 125 cm. Wide 35 cm.

Author technic

New  in Gallery Upjects

"The noble art of kicking hole in the sky"

Oil on plywood 1550 X 1150 mm

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"The noble art of kicking hole in the sky"

Is seen in the estonian spy film Traitor from 2019/2020​

Trailor from Traitor here.

In the trailer the painting exposes after 0.36 minute


"The noble art of kicking hole in the sky"

Was used today 2. December 2019, as a backdrop in a TV program about a mayor's overuse, corruption and nepotism. 1,2 hours on estonian TV2.

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New  in Gallery Objects

"When the Theory of Evolution was taken over by the Theory of Revolution, things got Momentum.”

Hight 30 cm each 


1st prize in the The Estonian Commissioning of Artworks  competition for Heino Eller Music School in Tartu.


The sculpture “Gift to the Music / Muusika and” was unveiled at a festive occasion at the school on August 26, 2019. 

The sculpture is made of brass and corten steel.


A little movie about the reveal here:

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New  in Gallery Objects

Monument for the Big Man who Ordered Someone to do Something

Hight 98 cm Deep 60 cm Wide 50 cm

Author technic

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Head and Tail

Starting on Tuesday, 4 June at 18:00, a new sculpture exhibition will open at the Haus Gallery – Per William Petersen’s Head and Tail – in which both bronze and wooden carved cheerful characters embody existential ideas. Kristina Miskowiak Beckvard, the Danish Ambassador to Estonia, will also be taking part in the opening of the exhibition by an artist who is from Denmark and lives in Estonia.

Life is flashing by – like the images we see from the window of a moving train. Some images will be lost forever. Others we grab onto and remember forever, until they are engraved in our memory. Head and Tail is an exhibition that is trying to catch some of these fleeting ‘images’ of life, to capture the stories before they fade forever.

To remember the faces of people with whom our paths in life have crossed and met again. To find the head and the tail that we have obtained from the experiences in this journey that is life. Heads and Tails was created at a time when time itself let it be born. Things happened right after life was put on hold. After the pause was over, life continued more fiercely than ever before and the exhibition in hand was born, with all the works having been created especially for this exhibition, none of which have ever been displayed before.

Per William Petersen moved from Denmark to Tartu 13 years ago and continued his life in Estonia as a freelance artist. He has always worked as a creator – a silversmith and a graphic designer – and previously studied at the Danish Design School, in Copenhagen. Per is constantly active in expressing the world in different ways. This means he has had to create new techniques and search for new materials to use in his works.

Nothing in his workflow is static – one door opens the next one!

Per’s themes often evolve around relationships between people. Human beings are like a secret. Curiosity and wonder, to find the head and the tail to all of what is happening in the world, both globally and locally. This is Per’s joy and passion. One of his strengths is his sense of humour. Mixing humour with the truth makes it a very powerful tool.

‘Art is not a spectator sport. Spectators are invited when the game is over’, says Per. You are invited to the exhibition, to see the result of the game!


The exhibition will remain open at Haus Gallery until 29 June 2019.

Head and Tail exhibition opening in Haus gallery 4. juni 2019.
The exhibition was opened by The Danish Ambassador in Estonia Kristina Miskowiak Beckvard