Kevin Chin’s gently disorienting paintings connect distant lands and cross cultural references, to question how we find our place in the world. His unmistakable compositions, assembled from fragments, explore how we piece together postcolonial identities and navigate global flows. He reframes landscape conventions, to interrogate how land rights and belonging are constantly contested, ultimately imagining new territories.
Kevin’s paintings are instantly recognised by his inventive use of colour, bringing signature warmth and compassion to pressing social themes. Richly layered with translucent glazes, he employs this slow working method to ‘feel his way through the image,’ teasing the meaning out of disparate elements into a cohesive vision. This imbues the paintings with emotional charge, and his skill with traditional hoghair bristles keeps his precise brushwork always expressive. The large-scale sweeping vistas are immediately atmospheric, and reward close inspection with the most meticulous of minute details.
Kevin Chin is the winner of the Albany Art Prize WA, the winner of the Bayside Prize Melbourne, runner-up at the Redland Award Brisbane, and has been further shortlisted in over 20 national prizes. Internationally he has held solo exhibitions in the United States (Teton Artlab, Jackson), Japan (Youkobo Artspace, Tokyo), and Singapore (Art Stage Singapore). Australian solo exhibitions include Gippsland Art Gallery, Bayside Gallery, Linden New Art, West Space, c3, Kings, and TCB.
Kevin has been awarded multiple grants from the Australia Council, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and National Association for the Visual Arts. He has been featured in both the 50 Things issue and on the cover of Art Collector, and his work has also featured in Artist Profile, The Age, Art Guide, Time Out, The Design Files, Art + Aust, as well as international publications JH News (USA), Creative Boom (UK), and Blouin Artinfo.
Institutional collections include Parliament House, Artbank, Royal Automotive Club of Victoria, City of Albany, Bayside City, Nillumbik Shire, and La Trobe University Museum of Art.