Kevin Chin’s new painting series is made in the context of the global migrant crisis, the resurgence of political parties like One Nation and Reclaim Australia, the US election of Trump, and continuing debate around nationalism, belonging and alienation. He takes potent iconography—temporary shelter structures, children in queues and long distance crossings—and restages them through his own lived experience. In this way, he creates new images that bridge our shared experience, exploring universal themes of journey, transition and sanctuary.
Chin’s international pro le 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.
Press release courtesy This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein.