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.
" 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.
AWARDS & HONOURS
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
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
PRESS & PUBLICATION
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 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.