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Artist, Illustrator & Author

Born in Boston, Carolin began drawing, writing and creating from a very young age. Later moving to her familial home of New Zealand, she has exhibited with The New Zealand Portrait Gallery twice as a finalist for The ADAM Portrait Award, and further chosen for a selection of paintings that toured nationally. Carolin was also invited to attend a painting residency in France culminating in several successful shows. She has also showed in Berlin and completed a commission for the Sankt Marien Kirchengemeinde. Recently, her work was a selected finalist for the prestigious International A.R.C. Salon. She has also published two illustrated books, her first stored in New Zealand's National Libraries. Carolin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours from The Savannah College of Art & Design, and has completed two years of classical training in drawing and painting at The Florence Academy of Art in Italy, where she was gifted a scholarship.

Artist Statement

" From madness and nothingness came the creature Niljora..."

    My works are the artefacts of my world, The Islands of Niljora.

I started writing and drawing Niljora's tales as a child and have never really exited that world.

Parts myth, fairytale, and spiritual journey, Niljora's world is a magical take on our human story 

our history, modern world, civilisations, philosophies, and personal experiences.

My work in portraiture has become yet another angle of exploring my interest in the human experience.

It began as a form of recording those I met on my travels, the people that contributed to my own story,

and became an exploration of what encapsulates one's sense of self.

* Inquire about commissioned and original works*


2021   Scholarship, The Florence Academy of Art, Italy

2019   Selected Finalist, The 14th International A.R.C. Salon, Art Renewal Center

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

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

2016   Finalist, The ADAM Portraiture Award, N.Z.P.G.

2014   Finalist, The ADAM Portraiture Award, N.Z.P.G.

2014 - 2015   National Tour, The Adam Foundation, N.Z.P.G.

2010   Painting in Residence, Lacoste, France

2007 - 2010   Full Time Scholarship, S.C.A.D., U.S.A.

2007 - 2010   Dean's List, S.C.A.D., U.S.A.

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



2021 Works on display at The Academy of Fine Art Germany - Bad Homburg

2020  The Florence Academy of Art Student Exhibition - Florence, 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 - Hastings, 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 - Stratford, N.Z.

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


2021   The Spirit of Shadows by Carolin Leary Prinn - Germany

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

2017   Dir. Mette Skougaard, Museum of National History, Denmark, 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 - Interview - N.Z.


2019 - 2021   Classical Training - The Florence Academy of Art, Italy

2010   B.F.A. Honours - The Savannah College of Art & Design, U.S.A.