Photo by Giulia Pianigiani.
About The Artist
From a young age, Carolin (b. 1984) has been inspired by myth, fairytale, folklore and history, stirring the creation of her mythical world, The Islands of Niljora. With a love of symbolic narrative, she forms imagery and stories using a combination of life, personal reference and imagination, evoking worlds of a dreamy, magical and mystical nature.
Since childhood, Carolin has been the recipient of multiple scholarship awards amongst other accolades. Boston born, she began her career as an illustrator and fine artist in her ancestral home of New Zealand and found quick success. Her work has been a selected finalist for New Zealand's ADAM Portrait Award, The International A.R.C. Salon, and toured nationally with The New Zealand Portrait Gallery. Carolin graduated with a B.F.A. in Painting on a full time scholarship award from The Savannah College of Art & Design, and further studied drawing and painting in Florence, Italy, in addition to various workshops worldwide.
As an author, Carolin has published two books on her Islands of Niljora, both held in The New Zealand National Library's permanent heritage collections, as well as The Otago University permanent collections.
Carolin currently resides in Germany working from her private studio and is an instructor in The Academy of Fine Art Germany painting program. Her works can be found in private collections in New Zealand, Europe, and The United States.
Awards & Honours
2022 16th International A.R.C. Salon Semi-Finalist (Fully From Life, Portrait & Imaginative Realism Categories)
2021 Awarded Work-Study Scholarship, The Florence Academy of Art
2019 14th International A.R.C. Salon Finalist (Figurative Category)
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', 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.
2023 Open Day - The Academy of Fine Art Germany - Bad Homburg
2022 Kulturzentrum Englische Kirche - Academy of Fine Art Germany
2021 Permanent Galleries - The Academy of Fine Art Germany - Bad Homburg
2019-2020 Student Online Exhibition - The Florence Academy of Art - Italy
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
2016 'Worlds' - Deluxe - Wellington, N.Z.
2014 'Entrance To The Secret Worlds' - Deluxe - Wellington, N.Z.
2013 'The Primordials' - Deluxe - Wellington, N.Z.
2017 'Wanderlust' - PRO4 - Berlin
2017 'Vernissage' - PRO4 - 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
Pansy Detwhiler Press, U.S.A.
The Alexander Turnbull, National Library of New Zealand
Otago University Hocken Library, New Zealand
Otago University Library Main, New Zealand
Sankt Marien Kirchengemeide, Germany
SkyDeck Music, U.S.A.
New Zealand, Spain, Germany, France, Canada, U.S.A.
2022 - Current Principle Instructor, The Academy of Fine Art Germany, Hessen
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, The Museum School of The MFA Boston & MassArt, Boston, U.S.A.