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About

Carolin Leary Prinn (b. 1984, Boston) is a figurative painter and author of The Islands of Niljora, a mythical world that frames her creations. Using traditional mediums, she brings her ethereal realm and its tales to life, layered with hidden symbolism. 

 

Carolin completed a four year degree in painting at The Savannah College of Art and Design and then established her career as an exhibiting artist, illustrator and portrait artist in her ancestral home of New Zealand. She later ventured overseas to Europe.

 

Her work has been a finalist and published in The International A.R.C. Salon and the recipient of multiple scholarship awards. Her paintings, drawings and books can be found in public and private collections in Europe, North America, New Zealand and India. 

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Artist Statement

Niljora's candle. Carolin Leary Prinn

" 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, The Islands of Niljora is a symbolic reflection on our human story - our origins to the modern world, human nature and experiences. I see in my work a connection to a lifelong fascination with nature, mythology and ancient worlds."

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, Florence Academy of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, new contemporary artist, fantasy artist

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Niljora's castle. Carolin Leary Prinn
Niljora's framed art. Carolin Leary Prinn
Niljora with candle. Carolin Leary Prinn
Niljora's Telescope. Carolin Leary Prinn

Publication & Press

 

2024  Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Issue 45 - (Pre-order here)

2023  Beautiful Bizarre Artist Directory Online

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

2017  Dir. Mette Skougaard, Denmark Museum of National History, Artist Talk - The New Zealand Portrait Gallery

2015  Renegade Peach Productions - Artist Feature - Wellington, New Zealand

2015  ZHIZHY - Artist Feature - Wellington, New Zealand

2015  RadioActive FM - Artist Interview - New Zealand

 

Exhibitions

 

UPCOMING

2024   "The Portrait Show 12: Myth" - Modern Eden Gallery - 15 June

GROUP

2023   The Frankfurt Book Fair - Germany

2023   The Almenara Art Prize Online Exhibition

2020   The Florence Academy of Art Online Student Exhibition

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 Exhibition - The New Zealand Portrait Gallery

2017   "Wanderlust" & "Vernissage" - PRO4 - Berlin, Germany

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

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

2015   The New Zealand Art Show - TSB Arena - Wellington, New Zealand

2015   "Art4Vanuatu" - Bartley + Company Art - Wellington, New Zealand

2015   "Exhibit One" - 2 Eva Street - Wellington, New Zealand

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

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

2014   The Adam Portraiture Award Exhibition - The New Zealand Portrait Gallery

2013   "Artist Showcase" - Deluxe - Wellington, New Zealand

2013   "Prints Showcase" - Kaan Zamaan Gallery - Kerikeri, New Zealand

2010   "Vernissage" - Rue Tromphime - Provence, France

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

SOLO

2016   "Worlds" - Deluxe - Wellington, New Zealand

2014   "Entrance To The Secret Worlds" - Deluxe - Wellington, New Zealand

2013   "The Primordials" - Deluxe - Wellington, New Zealand

Awards & Honours

 

2022  16th International A.R.C. Salon, Semi-Finalist (Three Categories)

2021  Scholarship, The Florence Academy of Art, Italy

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

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

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

2016  Finalist, Adam Portraiture Award, The New Zealand Portrait Gallery

2014  Finalist, Adam Portraiture Award, The New Zealand Portrait Gallery

2014  The Adam Portraiture Award National Tour, The New Zealand Portrait Gallery

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

2007 - 2010  'Dean's List', The Savannah College of Art & Design, U.S.A.

2007 - 2010  Artistic Award Scholarship, The Savannah College of Art & Design

2006 - Offered 'Artistic Scholarship' from The San Francisco Academy of Art

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

 

Books

 

2021  The Spirit of Shadows, written & illustrated by Carolin Leary Prinn

2015  The Primordials & Tales from The Islands of Niljora, written & illustrated by Carolin Leary Prinn

 

Collectors & Clients

 

PUBLIC:

Pansy Detwhiler Press, U.S.A.

Raiffeisenbank, Austria

The Alexander Turnbull, National Library of New Zealand

Otago University Hocken Library, Dunedin, New Zealand

Otago University Library Main, Dunedin, New Zealand

Sankt Marien Kirchengemeide, Leipzig, Germany

Regjo, Germany

SkyDeck Music, U.S.A.

ZHIZHY, Wellington, New Zealand

 

PRIVATE:

New Zealand, United Kingdom, U.S.A., Germany, France, Spain, Canada, India

 

Education

 

2019 - 2021  The Florence Academy of Art, Italy

2010  Honours B.F.A., painting, illustration & concept art, The Savannah College of Art & Design, U.S.A.

2008  White Cloud Workshops, concept art with Paul Tobin (WETA), New Zealand

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