Carolin Prinn, FIgurative Painter, Painting, Contemporary realism, contemporary figurative artist, Fantasy Illustration

Artist & Illustrator

Welcome to The Islands of Niljora...

Carolin Prinn is an artist, illustrator, and author of her enigmatic world, The Islands of NiljoraPrinn's work has been a selected finalist for The International A.R.C. Salon, The Parkin Drawing Prize and The Adam Portraiture AwardIn 2015, she published her first illustrated book, The Primordials & Tales from The Islands of Niljora, which is held in The National Libraries of New Zealand. 

f. Boston / New Zealand

Artist Statement

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

    My works are the artefacts of my created world, The Islands of Niljora. Crossing the genres of legend, fairytale, and myth, the world of Niljora is a reflection on our overarching human story.

I am interested in symbolic storytelling and fascinated by the power of stories

- their origins, mercurial nature, and cyclical play in history.

 

   I bring my world to life through both my visual art and writing. With my pen and ink drawings, I connect with the primordial, coded, and mysterious elements of my tales told in their own archaic language. I see in my works a connection to my lifelong fascination with the myths and arts of the ancient world, which to behold have always presented to me an elegant

and tantalising puzzle of untold tales.

AWARDS & HONOURS

2021   Scholarship, The Florence Academy of Art

2019   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, ADAM Portraiture Award, N.Z.P.G.

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

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

2010   Painting in Residence, Lacoste, France

2007 - 2010   Scholarship Grant, S.C.A.D., U.S.A.

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

EXHIBITIONS

INSTITUTIONAL

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

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

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

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

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

2014   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 (SELECTED)

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

PRESS & PUBLICATION

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

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

2015   Renegade Peach Productions - Artist Feature - New Zealand

2015   RadioActive FM - Interview - New Zealand

EDUCATION

Drawing & Painting - The Florence Academy of Art, Italy

B.F.A. with Honours in Painting - Savannah College of Art & Design