Peter Ahern grew up in a sleepy suburb of Massachusetts, where he spent most of his childhood raking leaves and wishing he had cable television. While attending Pratt Institute he began to incorporate his warped, nostalgic aesthetic into hand-drawn animations. Several of his films have gone on to become internationally recognized through dozens of screenings including SXSW, London Animation, Tribeca and Ottawa International film festivals. Most notably his degree film "Down to the Bone" resulted in a Student Academy Award nomination, amongst other distinguished honors.
Peter currently freelances in NYC, working as an animator, designer and art director for notable studios such as Curious Pictures, Click3X, Buck and Transistor. He has been involved with Michel Gondry, contributed content for MTV, Fox, Syfy and Showtime networks and collaborated on numerous commercials for clients such as Bank of America, AMC, Biography Channel, Unum, Colgate and ESPN. Peter has also co-taught animation workshops for kids through the NY International Children’s Film Festival, had his illustrations featured in the acclaimed exhibition "Too Art for TV" and hosted/curated the "Salty Toons" animation show for Big Irv's Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
He still hopes to one day have cable television.
Links to over 40 of Peter's short films, as well as his drawings and illustrations, can be found below. He can be reached directly at PeterLiam.Ahern@Gmail.com.