Carolin Prinn is a figurative artist, illustrator, and writer of her mythical world, The Islands of Niljora. Born in Boston, she has lived in her ancestral home of New Zealand, then Germany, Spain and Italy. Prinn was self-taught from an early age, inspired by her travels, stories of history, culture, folklore and myth.
Prinn has made several early marks in her career including being a selected finalist in The 14th International Art Renewal Center (A.R.C.) Salon, New Zealand's Parkin Drawing Prize (2018/2019) and The ADAM Portrait Award (2014-2016). Her work has exhibited in institutions including The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts (2018-2019), The New Zealand Portrait Gallery (2014- 2017) and their National Tour. Her work can be found in private collections in North America, Europe, and New Zealand. In 2015, Prinn self published her first book of collected stories and works, The Primordials & Tales from The Islands of Niljora, which is held in The National Library of New Zealand and The Otago University Libraries. She is currently in the process of her second book, The Spirit of Shadows.
Prinn completed a B.F.A. in Painting with top Honours and a generous Scholarship Award. During her studies, she was invited to attend graduate level courses in concept art, and a summer painting residence in the south of France. In Wellington, she further studied illustration and concept art with The White Cloud Workshops which is a series of courses led by concept artists from Weta Workshop.
She currently attends The Florence Academy of Art's painting program in Italy, where she continues her work while studying fine art traditions in depth.
"From madness and nothingness came the creature Niljora..."
My work surrounds and is an index of my mythical world, The Islands of Niljora, a fantastical reflection on our human story. I am interested in symbolic storytelling and the world of tales, in particular their origins, mercurial nature, and cyclical play in history.
With painting, I bring to light the stories and characters of my world and immerse one within their narratives. With my pen and ink drawings, I connect with the primordial, coded, and mysterious elements of my tales told in their own language. I see in these works a connection to my lifelong fascination with the arts of the ancient world, which to behold have always presented to me an elegant and tantalising puzzle of untold tales.
I hope to bring my magical world alive through my visual art and writing. My works have become the artefacts of my created world that whisper its secrets.
Painting Program - The Florence Academy of Art - Italy *presently
Concept Art Courses - White Cloud Workshops - New Zealand
Art History Courses - Victoria University of Wellington - New Zealand
(Hons) B.F.A. in Painting - S.C.A.D - U.S.A.
AWARDS & HONOURS
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, N.Z.P.G. & The Adam Foundation, N.Z.P.G.
2010 Painting in Residence, Lacoste, France
2007 - 2010 Artistic Scholarship Award, 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
PUBLICATION & PRESS
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
2016 Otago University Libraries - New Zealand
2015 The Alexander Turnbull, National Library of New Zealand - Wellington, N.Z.
2015 RadioActive FM - Live Artist Interview - New Zealand