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About The Artist

From a young age, Carolin (b. Boston, 1984) has been inspired by myth, folklore and history, stirring the creation of her mythical world, The Islands of Niljora, a world that frames all of her creations. With a love of symbolism she forms her imagery and stories - evoking a realm of a dreamy, mystical and otherworldly nature. Her work traverses the world of fantastical illustration and realism, inspired by The Golden Age illustrators, animation, ancient art, and masters of The Renaissance and 19th century.

 

Carolin has been devoted to her art and the recipient of multiple scholarship awards, amongst other accolades, since childhood. Following an influential painting residency through her university, she began her career as an illustrator and portrait artist in her ancestral home of New Zealand and found quick success. She has been a finalist for The International A.R.C. Salon, The Adam Portraiture Award, and selected to tour nationally with The New Zealand Portrait Gallery. As an author and illustrator, she has published two books on her Islands of Niljora held in the permanent and heritage collections of The New Zealand National Library and Otago University. 

 

Carolin completed a B.F.A. with Honours in Painting from The Savannah College of Art & Design, and further studied classical painting and drawing with The Florence Academy of Art in Italy, along with various workshops worldwide.

Her works can be found in private collections in Europe, The United States and New Zealand. 

Awards & Honours

2022  16th International A.R.C. Salon Semi-Finalist (Fully From Life, Portrait & Imaginative Realism)

2021  Work-Study Scholarship, The Florence Academy of Art

2019  14th International A.R.C. Salon Finalist (Figurative)

2019  Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

2018  Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

2016  Finalist, ADAM Portrait Award, The New Zealand Portrait Gallery

2014  Finalist, ADAM Portrait Award, The New Zealand Portrait Gallery

2014  Selected for The ADAM Portrait Award National Tour, New Zealand Portrait Gallery

2010  Selected for The Savannah College of Art & Design Painting Residency, Lacoste, France

2010  Awarded Honours 'cum laude', Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Savannah College of Art & Design

2007 - 2010  Honoured 'The Artistic Award Scholarship' for four years of study, Savannah College of Art & Design

2007 - 2010  Awarded in top of the class 'Dean's List', Savannah College of Art & Design, U.S.A.

2002  'Honourable Mention' in sculpture, The Scholastic Art Award, U.S.A.

Selected Exhibitions

INSTITUTIONAL

2023   The Almenara Art Prize Online Exhibition - Spain

2019   The Parkin Drawing Prize - The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts 

2018   The Parkin Drawing Prize - The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

2017   The Adam Portraiture Award - The New Zealand Portrait Gallery

2016   N.Z.P.G. National Tour - Hastings City Art Gallery - N.Z. 

2015   N.Z.P.G. National Tour - Millennium Public Art Gallery - N.Z.

2014   N.Z.P.G. National Tour - Percy Thompson Gallery - N.Z.

2014   N.Z.P.G. National Tour - PAH Homestead - N.Z.

2014   The Adam Portraiture Award - The New Zealand Portrait Gallery

SOLO

2016   'Worlds' - Deluxe - Wellington, N.Z.

2014   'Entrance To The Secret Worlds' - Deluxe - Wellington, N.Z.

2013   'The Primordials' - Deluxe - Wellington, N.Z.

GROUP

2017   'Wanderlust' - PRO4 organisation - Berlin

2017   'Vernissage' - PRO4 organisation - Berlin

2015   The New Zealand Art Show - TSB Arena - Wellington, N.Z.

2015   ´Art4Vanuatu´ - Bartley + Company Art - Wellington, N.Z.

2015   'Exhibit One' - 2 Eva Street - Wellington, N.Z.

2013   'Artist Showcase' - Deluxe - Wellington, N.Z.

2013   'Prints Showcase' - Kaan Zamaan Gallery - Kerikeri, N.Z.

2010   'Vernissage' - Rue Tromphime - Provence, France

2010   'Exposition' - Isle Sur La Sorgue, Provence, France

Publication & Press

2022  Cover Illustration, Pansy Detwhiler Press - U.S.A.

2021  The Spirit of Shadows by Carolin Leary Prinn - Germany

2020  Raiffeisenbank - Austria

2019  The 14th International A.R.C. Salon Publication, Art Renewal Center - U.S.A.

2017  Dir. Mette Skougaard, Denmark Museum of National History, Artist Talk - N.Z.P.G.

2017  Sankt Marien Kirchengemeide - Germany

2016  Regjo - Germany

2016  Skydeck Music - U.S.A.

2015  The Primordials & Tales from The Islands of Niljora by Carolin L. Prinn - N.Z.

2015  Renegade Peach Productions - Artist Feature - N.Z.

2015  RadioActive FM - Artist Interview - N.Z.

Collections & Clients

PUBLIC:

Pansy Detwhiler Press, U.S.A.

Raiffeisenbank, Austria

The Alexander Turnbull, National Library of New Zealand

Otago University Hocken Library, New Zealand

Otago University Library Main, New Zealand

Sankt Marien Kirchengemeide, Germany

Regjo, Germany

SkyDeck Music, U.S.A.

 

PRIVATE:

New Zealand, Spain, Germany, France, Canada, U.S.A.

Education

2019 - 21  Painting Program, The Florence Academy of Art, Italy

2017  Intensive Workshop, The Florence Academy of Art, Italy

2010  Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with Honours, The Savannah College of Art & Design, U.S.A.

2008  White Cloud Workshops in Concept Art, Massey University, N.Z.

2008  Courses in Art History & Literature, Victoria University in Wellington, N.Z.

2002 - Onwards  Various Workshops, School of The Museum of Fine Arts Boston & MassArt, Boston, U.S.A.

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