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. Atmospheric in scale, his paintings merge the everyday with the otherworldly, to create borderless, wondrous new territories.
Kevin Chin was the winner of the 2018 Albany Art Prize (WA), the winner of the 2015 Bayside Prize (Melbourne), runner-up at the 2014 Redland Award (Brisbane), and has been shortlisted widely in national prizes including the Arthur Guy Prize (VIC), John Leslie Prize (VIC), Fisher’s Ghost Award (NSW), Gold Coast Prize (QLD) and Fleurieu Prize (SA).
Chin’s international profile includes solo exhibitions at Teton Artlab USA (2017), Art Stage Singapore (2014) and Youkobo Art Space Tokyo (2014). He has been awarded multiple grants from the Australia Council, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, City of Melbourne, and National Association for the Visual Arts. Chin has been featured on the cover of Art Collector, and numerous times in Art Monthly and The Age. Institutional collections include Artbank, Bayside Council VIC, City of Albany WA, RACV, and La Trobe University Museum of Art.