Priit Pärn

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.

Profile photo: Piia Ruber

Illustrated books

God-Boy

2006

Backwards

2005

Woodsward

2002

Plop

1993

Get Lost!

1986

Boomerang

1980

Translations

Awards

2021
Karl Eduard Sööt Children’s Poetry Award, Readers Choice (Anti Saar. The Great Pancake-Make, for illustrations)


2020

Good Children’s Book (Anti Saar. The Great Pancake-Make)


2019

25 Best-Designed Estonian Books, Certificate of Merit (Priit Pärn. The Gothamites Go Global)
Raisin of the Year Award (Ilmar Tomusk. Unrelated Relations)
Good Children's Book (Ilmar Tomusk. Unrelated Relations)
Edgar Valter Illustration Award nominee
Lifetime Achievement Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, category audio-visual art

2018
The White Raven (Ellen Niit. Mr. Nightingale From Nightjar Street)

2017

Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), diploma
5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (Ellen Niit. 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 (Daniil Harms. Hedgehog and Siskin)

2010

25 Best-Designed Estonian Books, Certificate of Merit (Mehis Heinsaar. Ebatavaline ja ähvardav loodus)

2002

Kristjan Raud Art Award


1989

Karl Eduard Sööt Children’s Poetry Award, for illustrations (Ott Arder. 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)

Exhibitions

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

Selected solo exhibitions:

2020
Exhibition with Ülle Meister, Tammsaare Museum at Vargamäe

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:

2021

"Fables for Robots", Estonian Children's Literature Centre, Tallinn; Central Library of Lääne County, Haapsalu; Gdansk, Poland

2020
"Fairy Tales from Near and Far", Viljandi City Gallery

2019
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia

2018 Exhibition of Estonian illustrators „Masters of Estonian children’s books“/“Power of Pictures“ in Russia: Krasnoarmeysk, Moscow

2017

Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT)
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
„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
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

About the author

2020
Priit Pärn. The Gothamites Go Global (ELM)

2019
Eno Raud’s Gothamites published in English
The Gothamites (elsewhere editions)
The Gothamites (Kirkus Review)
The Gothamites (Penguin Random House)
The Gothamites (Publisher’s Weekly)
The Gothamites, an iconic Estonian children’s book, is published in English (Estonian World)

2018
Estonian Children’s Books Chosen for The White Ravens Catalogue

2010
Rhizome-Alphabet: Between Film and Art of Priit Pärn (KinoKultura)

Priit Pärn (Eesti Joonisfilm)
Pärn's Gothamites prints (Au praxinoscope gallery)
Wikipedia