Photo by Giulia Pianigiani.
About The Artist
Carolin graduated with a B.F.A. with Honours on a full time scholarship award from The Savannah College of Art & Design, and went on to study classical drawing and painting at The Florence Academy of Art in Italy, where she was also awarded a scholarship. Her work has been a selected finalist for The A.R.C. Salon, The ADAM Portrait Award and The Parkin Drawing Prize. She has also published two illustrated books of her tales, stored in New Zealand's National Library.
Carolin began drawing, painting and creating from a very young age. Born in Boston, she travelled frequently and later moved to her familial home of New Zealand before arriving in Europe. Carolin's early travels and interest in culture would inspire her future work. It sparked a love of tales and myths from other lands, and of recording who and what she encountered from life in numerous sketchbooks.
Today, Carolin works from her private studio in Bad Homburg, and is an instructor at The Academy of Fine Art Germany. Her works can be found in collections in New Zealand, North America, and Europe.
Carolin's visual work is a combination of working from life, personal reference, and the imagination, with an emphasis on symbolic storytelling. She began writing a world called The Islands of Niljora from a young age, and it has been a backdrop of mythology in her personal work ever since. Carolin also works on portrait and various illustration commissions with the rest of her time.
" I see my works as artefacts of my world, The Islands of Niljora.
I began writing and drawing Niljora's tales as a child and have never really exited that place. Parts myth, fairytale, and spiritual journey, Niljora's world is my symbolic reflection on our human story - our history, human nature, philosophies, and personal experiences. I see in my work a connection to a lifelong fascination with nature, the mythological, the mystical, and the ancient world."
2019 - 2021 The Florence Academy of Art, Italy
2008 White Cloud Workshops in Concept Art, Massey University, NZ
2008 Courses in Art History & Literature, Victoria University in Wellington, NZ
2010 BFA Honours, Painting/Illustration & Art History, The Savannah College of Art & Design, USA
Awards & Honours
2021 Scholarship Award, The Florence Academy of Art, Italy
2019 Selected Finalist, The 14th International ARC Salon, Art Renewal Center
2019 Finalist, The Parkin Drawing Prize, NZAFA
2018 Finalist, The Parkin Drawing Prize, NZAFA
2016 Finalist, The ADAM Portraiture Award, NZPG
2014 Finalist, The ADAM Portraiture Award, NZPG
2014 - 2015 National Tour, The Adam Foundation, NZPG
2010 Artist Residence, Lacoste, France
2007 - 2010 Full Time Portfolio Scholarship Award, SCAD, USA
2007 - 2010 Dean's List, SCAD, USA
2002 Honourable Mention in Sculpture, The Scholastic Art Award, USA
2022 Kulturzentrum Englische Kirche - Academy of Fine Art Germany
2021 Main Galleries - 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, NZ
2015 N.Z.P.G. National Tour - Millennium Public Art Gallery - NZ
2014 N.Z.P.G. National Tour - Percy Thompson Gallery - Stratford, NZ
2014 N.Z.P.G. National Tour - PAH Homestead - Auckland, NZ
2014 The Adam Portraiture Award - The New Zealand Portrait Gallery
2016 'Worlds' - Deluxe - Wellington, NZ
2014 'Entrance To The Secret Worlds' - Deluxe - Wellington, NZ
2013 'The Primordials' - Deluxe - Wellington, NZ
2017 'Wanderlust' - PRO4 - Berlin
2017 'Vernissage' - PRO4 - Berlin
2015 The New Zealand Art Show - TSB Arena - Wellington, NZ
2015 ´Art4Vanuatu´ - Bartley + Company Art - Wellington, NZ
2015 'Exhibit One' - 2 Eva Street - Wellington, NZ
2013 'Artist Showcase' - Deluxe - Wellington, NZ
2013 'Prints Showcase' - Kaan Zamaan Gallery - Kerikeri, NZ
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
2017 Sankt Marien Kirchengemeide - Germany
2016 Regjo - Germany
2016 Skydeck Music - USA
2015 The Primordials & Tales from The Islands of Niljora by Carolin L. Prinn - NZ
2015 Renegade Peach Productions - Artist Feature - NZ
2015 RadioActive FM - Artist Interview - NZ