Kevin Chin’s vibrant paintings assemble fragments from across continents, to test how unprecedented transnational flows shape our place in the world. He intertwines landscapes and repositions cultural references, to explore how place forms fluidly in the consciousness, superseding geography. He examines postnationalism, advocating for social inclusiveness, at a time of global migrant crisis and political swings back to conservative nationalist ideals.
Chin’s mix of painting techniques and historical painting references are as varied as the cultural cues depicted, held together by free-flowing yet precise brushwork. A perceptive wit, combined with a distinctly gentle palette, conveys the cheerful optimism of making the best of testing circumstances. Atmospheric in scale, these paintings merge the everyday with the otherworldly, to create borderless, wondrous new territories.
Kevin Chin is the winner of the 2018 Albany Art Prize (WA), the winner of the 2015 Bayside Prize (Melbourne), and runner-up at the 2014 Redland Award (Brisbane). He has exhibited widely around Australia, as well as solo exhibitions in the United States (Teton Artlab, Jackson 2017), Japan (Youkobo Artspace, Tokyo 2014), and Singapore (Art Stage Singapore, 2014).
Chin has been awarded multiple grants from the Australia Council, City of Melbourne, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and National Association for the Visual Arts, and has served on the assessment panel for Creative Victoria. He has been featured on the cover of Art Collector, and numerous times in Art Monthly and The Age. Institutional collections include Artbank, Bayside Council, City of Albany, RACV, and La Trobe University Museum of Art.