Artist & Illustrator
Welcome to The Islands of Niljora...
Carolin Prinn is an artist, illustrator, and author of her enigmatic world, The Islands of Niljora. Prinn's work has been a selected finalist for The International A.R.C. Salon, The Parkin Drawing Prize and The Adam Portraiture Award. In 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
" 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.
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
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
2019 The 14th International A.R.C. Salon Publication, Art Renewal Center
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
Drawing & Painting - The Florence Academy of Art, Italy
B.F.A. with Honours in Painting - Savannah College of Art & Design