Kevin Chin’s paintings assemble fragments from across continents, to contemplate pressing issues of belonging and alienation. He questions nationalist ideals at a time of global migrant crisis and greater cultural flows. Potent iconography – from temporary shelter structures to travel refuge – is translated through his lived experience, to reflect the unique Australasian context. In this way, he bridges our shared experience, to explore universal themes of journey, transition and sanctuary. The fluidity of his paintwork merges the everyday with the otherworldly, creating borderless, wondrous new territories.
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 was the winner of the 2015 Bayside Prize, runner-up at the 2014 Redland Award, and has been shortlisted widely in major national prizes including the Arthur Guy Prize, John Leslie Prize, Albany Prize, and Fleurieu Prize. He was curated into significant public group surveys in 2017 at Bundoora Homestead and Goulburn Gallery, and in 2016 at Glen Eira and Town Hall Galleries. Institutional collections include Artbank, Bayside Council, RACV, and La Trobe University Museum of Art.