Priit Pärn


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26/08/1946


Occupations

cartoonist, animation director, illustrator and caricaturist



Priit Pärn (1946) is a world-famous animated filmmaker, caricaturist, and illustrator. He graduated from the University of Tartu in biology, after which he worked as an art and animated film director at the Tallinnfilm and Eesti Joonisfilm studios. Pärn has taught animation at the Turku University of Applied Sciences in Finland, and currently teaches at the Estonian Academy of Arts. He has illustrated more than 20 children’s books and has a long history of collaboration with the children’s magazine Täheke.



Pärn, Priit. Kilplased globaliseeruvad (The Gothamites Go Global), Tänapäev 2019
Tomusk, Ilmar. Kõrvalised isikud (Unrelated Relations), Tammerraamat 2019
Niit, Ellen. Onu Ööbik Öösorri tänavast (Mr. Nightingale From Nightjar Street), Tammerraamat 2017
Raud, Eno. Kilplased (The Gothamites), Tänapäev 2016
Harms, Daniil. Siil ja siisike (Hedgehog and Siskin), Tänapäev 2012
Arder, Ott. Koer poiss (Dog-Boy), Vagabund 2006
Hotakainen, Kari. Satukirja, WSOY 2004
Arder, Ott. Puupeatus (A Tree Stop), Eesti Keele Sihtasutus 2003
Arder, Ott. Metsapoolne (Woodsward), Tänapäev 2002
Hotakainen, Kari. Lasteraamat (A Children’s Book), Tänapäev 2001 / Hotakainen, Kari. Lastenkirja, WSOY 1990; Siltala 2016
Raud, Eno. Kilplased (The Gothamites), Tänapäev 2000 (short version, cover illustration)
Hotakainen, Kari. Ritva, WSOY 1997
Arder, Ott. Potsatus (Plop), Vagabund 1993
Černik, Michal. Kes ehmatab ploome (The Plum-Scarer), Eesti Raamat 1991
Arder, Ott. Valge raamat (The White Book), Eesti Raamat 1989
Arder, Ott. Mine metsa! (Get Lost!), Eesti Raamat 1986
Pärn, Priit. Naljapildiaabits (The ABCs of Funny Pictures), Kunst 1983
Soonik, Mati. Nii mahe kui muhe (Both Mild and Mellow), Eesti Raamat 1983
Arder, Ott. Koer poiss sõitis jänest (Dog-Boy Caught on the Fly), Eesti Raamat 1982
Pärn, Priit. Tagurpidi (Backwards), Kunst 1980; Eesti Joonisfilm 2005
Arder, Ott. Bumerang (Boomerang), Eesti Raamat 1980
Pärn, Priit. Kas maakera on ümmargune? (Is the Earth Round?), Perioodika 1980
Raamat, Rein. Rüblik (Ants-in-Pants), Perioodika 1979
Pärn, Priit. Kilplased (The Gothamites), Kunst 1977

2019 25 Best-Designed Estonian Books, Certificate of Merit (Priit Pärn. The Gothamites Go Global)
2019 Raisin of the Year Award (Ilmar Tomusk. Unrelated Relations)
2019 Good Children’s Book (Ilmar Tomusk. Unrelated Relations)
2019 Edgar Valter illustration prize nominee
2019 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, category audio-visual art
2018 The White Ravens (Niit, Ellen. Mr. Nightingale From Nightjar Street)
2017 Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), diploma
2017 5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (Niit, Ellen. Mr. Nightingale From Nightjar Street)
2016 5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Special Prize of Jury (Raud, Eno. The Gothamites)
2012 5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (Harms, Daniil. Hedgehog and Siskin)
2002 Kristjan Raud Art Award
1989 Karl Eduard Sööt Children’s Poetry Award, for illustrations (Arder, Ott. Valge raamat)
1983 25 Best-Designed Estonian Books, Certificate of Merit (Pärn, Priit. Tagurpidi)
1977 25 Best-Designed Estonian Books, Certificate of Merit (Pärn, Priit. The Gothamites)

Priit Pärn’s illustrations have been displayed in numerous exhibitions in Estonia and abroad.

Selected solo exhibitions:
2017 “Õmblustöö ja juust”, Tallinn Portrait Gallery, Estonia
2016 “New Gothamites”, Tallinn Portrait Gallery, Estonia
2008–2009 Olga and Priit Pärn’s exhibition “Life without Gabriella Ferri”, Helleman’s Tower, Bank of Estonia, Tallinn; Tampere House, Tartu, Estonia
2007 Exhibition of charcoal drawings, KUMU, Tallinn
2002 Exhibition of charcoal drawings and prints “Estonian tensions”, Félicien Rops Museum, Namur, Belgia
2001 “Priit Pärn’s World”, Rakvere town gallery and museum, Estonia

Selected group exhibitions:
2019 Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
2017 Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT)
2018 Exhibition of Estonian illustrators „Masters of Estonian children’s books“/“Power of Pictures“ in Russia: Krasnoarmeysk, Moscow
2017 Group exhibition of Estonian illustrators “Leafing Through Estonian Children’s Books I”, Moscow, Kolomna, Russia
2016 Spring exhibition of Estonian illustrators, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tallinn
2016 „Valge maika”, Tartu Art Museum
2015 „r:e:a:a:l:n:e: psühhedeelia järel”, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn
2013 Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
2013 Estonian and Luxembourg artists in dialogue, Konschthaus Beim Engel, Luxembourg
2010–2011 Art festival “A Vision of Central Europe” curated by Luc Tuymans, Bruges, Belgium

Is the Earth Round? by Priit Pärn
Swedish: Fredrik upptäcker att jordklotet är rünt, Perioodika 1983
Russian: Круглая ли Земля?, Perioodika 1980

Rüblik by Rein Raamat
Russian: Сорванец, Perioodika 1979

Tagurpidi by Priit Pärn
Spanish: Tagurpidi, Fulgencio Pimentel & Hijos 2017
Danish: Rejsen til Sønderomvendt, Høst & Søn 1989
Finnish: Nurinkurin-Nuuti, WSOY 1989
Norwegian: Tvertom-tom, Gyldendal 1989
Swedish: Resan till Baklängesboda, Fripress 1989

The Gothamites by Eno Raud
English: The Gothamites, Elsewhere Editions 2019