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Photo by Giulia Pianigiani.

About The Artist

Carolin (b. Boston, 1984) was self taught from a young age drawing, painting and writing. Inspired by mythology, folklore, and history, she created her mythical world, The Islands of Niljora, which would become the design behind her future work. Later graduating with a B.F.A., she went on to work as a freelance artist in New Zealand and published her first book before moving to Europe.

Carolin has been a selected finalist and semi-finalist for The International A.R.C. Salon and the prestigious ADAM Portrait Award, through which she was chosen for a National Tour of New Zealand. Her two published books are housed in New Zealand's National Library and Heritage Collections, and The University of Otago Hocken Collections. Alongside commissioned work, Carolin has exhibited and is held in private collections in Europe, New Zealand, and North America. 

 

She is now based from her private studio and home south of the Taunus Mountains in Hessen, Germany. Her visual work continues to evoke her magical world, and is a combination of working from life, personal reference and the imagination, with an emphasis on symbolic storytelling.

Teaching

2022-current  Painting and Drawing, The Academy of Fine Art Germany, Hessen

Awards & Honours

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

2021  Scholarship Award, The Florence Academy of Art, Italy

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

2019  Selected Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize, N.Z.A.F.A.

2018  Selected Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize, N.Z.A.F.A.

2016  Selected Finalist, ADAM Portrait Award, N.Z.P.G.

2014  Selected Finalist, ADAM Portrait Award, N.Z.P.G.

2014  National Tour, The Adam Foundation, N.Z.P.G.

2010  SCAD Painting in Residency, Lacoste, France

2007-10  Artistic Scholarship Award, Full Time, S.C.A.D., U.S.A.

2007-10  Dean's List, S.C.A.D., U.S.A.

2002   Honourable Mention, Sculpture, Scholastic Art Award, U.S.A.

Selected Exhibitions

INSTITUTIONAL

2022   Kulturzentrum Englische Kirche - Academy of Fine Art Germany

2021  Main Galleries - The Academy of Fine Art Germany - Bad Homburg

2019-20  Student Online Galleries - 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

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 - 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

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:

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

Education

2019-21  The Florence Academy of Art, Italy

2017  Intensive workshop, The Florence Academy of Art, Italy

2010  B.F.A. with Honours in Painting, 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.