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About

Carolin Leary Prinn is a figurative artist and author born in Boston. From a very young age, she found inspiration in mythology and the human story, stirring the creation of her mythos, The Islands of Niljora, a symbolic world that frames her creations. Working in traditional mediums, she evokes her ethereal characters in ornate and otherworldly realms.

 

Graduating from The Savannah College of Art & Design, Carolin began her career as an exhibiting artist, illustrator and portrait artist from her ancestral home of New Zealand, and found quick success. Her work has been a selected finalist for The International A.R.C. Salon, The Adam Portraiture Award and toured nationally with The New Zealand Portrait Gallery. 

 

Her works can be found in private collections in Europe, North America and New Zealand and her books, in the permanent heritage collections of The National Library of New Zealand and The Otago University Libraries.

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Artist Statement

" I see my works as artefacts of my mythos, The Islands of Niljora. I began writing this world as a child and it has permeated my paintings, drawings and stories ever since. Parts myth, classic tale and spiritual journey, it is a symbolic reflection on the human story - our history to the modern world, human nature and philosophies. I see in my work a connection to a lifelong fascination with nature, our greatest teacher, as well as mythology, mysticism and the ancient world. I resonate with aspects of The Symbolists, The Golden Age Illustrators and numerous artists who travelled and recorded through their paintings, drawings and writing."

Carolin Leary Prinn is a Fantastical Fine Artist, Painter, Illustrator & Author - art-of-carolin-prinn, symbolic art, surreal art, esoteric art, fantasy art, mystical art, spiritual art, beautiful bizarre artist directory, International ARC Salon, Adam Portraiture Award

Carolin Prinn spot illustration

Awards & Publication

2023

Beautiful Bizarre Magazine

2022

International A.R.C. Salon 

2021

The Florence Academy of Art

2019

International A.R.C. Salon 

2018-2019

The Parkin Drawing Prize

2014-2016

The Adam Portraiture Award

2010

Savannah College of Art & Design

2007-2010

Savannah College of Art & Design

The Beautiful Bizarre Artist Directory

 

 

Semi-Finalist in the 'Imaginative Realism', 'Fully From Life' & 'Portrait' categories

 

 

Work-Study Scholarship

Finalist in the 'Figurative' category. Published in Issue 14 of The A.R.C. Publication

Finalist two consecutive years

Finalist two consecutive years. Selected for the N.Z.P.G. National Tour in 2014

Summer Painting residency in Provence, France

Granted four years 'Artistic Award Scholarship'

Selected Exhibitions

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INSTITUTIONAL 

2023

Frankfurt Book Fair

2018 - 2019

The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

2014 & 2016

The New Zealand Portrait Gallery

2014 - 2016

N.Z.P.G. National Tour

GROUP/SOLO

2017

PRO4 Berlin

2015

TSB Arena

2014 - 2016

Deluxe

2015

Bartley + Company Art

2015

2 Eva Street

Carolin Prinn spot illustration

Fiction Authors Stall

The annual 'Parkin Drawing Prize' Exhibition

The biennial 'Adam Portraiture Award' Exhibition

 

New Zealand Portrait Gallery National Tour with visits to The Millennium Public Art Gallery, The Percy Thompson Gallery, P.A.H. Homestead

 

 

 

 

'Wanderlust' and 'Vernissage' shows

 

The New Zealand Art Show

'Worlds' exhibition w. Lance Ravenswood, book premiere 'The Primordials' & 'The Entrance To The Secret Worlds' exhibition w. Laura Walker

´Art4Vanuatu´ fundraiser for the Vanuatu Hurricane Relief

'Exhibit One' group exhibition of local New Zealand artists

Carolin Prinn spot illustration

Collectors & Clients

PUBLIC

PRIVATE

The Alexander Turnbull, National Library of New Zealand

Otago University Hocken Library, Dunedin, New Zealand

Otago University Library Main, Dunedin, New Zealand

Raiffeisenbank, Austria

Pansy Detwhiler Press, U.S.A.

Sankt Marien Kirchengemeide, Leipzig, Germany

Regjo, Germany

SkyDeck Music, U.S.A.

ZHIZHY, Wellington, New Zealand

 

Private collectors & clients in New Zealand, Europe, North America, India

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Education

2019-2021

The Florence Academy of Art

2010

Savannah College of Art & Design

2008

White Cloud Workshops

2008

Victoria University in Wellington

2002-Onwards

MassArt & The Museum School

Classical training in drawing & painting. Completed the six week Intensive Workshop with Per Olav Olsen & Melissa Franklin Sanchez

 

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting (cum laude)

 

Concept Art workshop with Paul Tobin (WETA) of Massey University

 

 

Courses in Art History & Literature

 

 

Workshops in Nature Drawing and Oil Painting

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