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Priit Pärn

Biography

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

Priit Pärn. Bacwards, Kunst, 1989Ott Arder. Dog-Boy Caught on the Fly, Eesti Raamat, 1982Kari Hotakainen. A Children’s Book, WSOY, 1990Kari Hotakainen. A Children’s Book, WSOY, 1990Kari Hotakainen. A Children’s Book, WSOY, 1990Kari Hotakainen. Storybook, WSOY, 2004Kari Hotakainen. Storybook, WSOY, 2004Mehis Heinsaar. The Weird and Scary Nature, Menu, 2010Daniil Harms. Hedgehog and Siskin, Tänapäev, 2012Daniil Harms. Hedgehog and Siskin, Tänapäev, 2012Eno Raud. „The Gothamites, Tänapäev, 2016Eno Raud. The Gothamites, Tänapäev, 2016Eno Raud. The Gothamites, Tänapäev, 2016Ellen Niit. Mr. Nightingale From Nightjar Street, Tänapäev, 2017Ellen Niit. Mr. Nightingale From Nightjar Street, Tänapäev, 2017

Hedgehog and Siskin

Daniil Harms

Translator: Priit Aimla etc...
Tänapäev
2012, 144 pp
ISBN: 9789949271399
fiction, storybook

God-Boy

Ott Arder

Vagabund
2006, 176 pp
ISBN: 9985835824
fiction, poetry

Backwards

Priit Pärn

Eesti Joonisfilm
2005, 51 pp
ISBN: 9949130433
fiction, comic book

A Tree Stop

Ott Arder

Eesti Keele Sihtasutus
2003, 60 pp
ISBN: 9985790480
fiction, poetry

Woodsward

Ott Arder

Tänapäev
2002, 46 pp
ISBN: 9985620933
fiction, poetry

A Children´s Book

Kari Hotakainen

Translator: Ott Arder
Tänapäev
2001, 128 pp
ISBN: 9985620151
fiction, storybook

Plop

Ott Arder

Vagabund
1993, 52 pp
fiction, poetry

The Plum-Scarer

Michal Černik

Translator: Kalju Kangur
Eesti Raamat
1991, 80 pp
fiction, poetry

Get Lost!

Ott Arder

Eesti Raamat
1986, 31 pp
fiction, poetry

Boomerang

Ott Arder

Eesti Raamat
1980, 54 pp
fiction, poetry

Ants-in-Pants

Rein Raamat

Perioodika
1979, 20 pp
fiction, picturebook
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 prize nominee
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
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)

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 (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

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