Spotlight #15 — Kevin Chin

Blurring the lines between the unexplored and the familiar, Kevin Chin’s work beautifully explores our ever-changing sense of place.

Kevin Chin is the winner of the Albany Art Prize (WA 2018), winner of the Bayside Prize (Melbourne 2015), and runner-up at the Redland Award (Brisbane 2014). He has exhibited widely across Australia, as well as international solo exhibitions in the United States (Teton Artlab, Jackson 2017), Japan (Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo 2014), and Singapore (Art Stage Singapore, 2014). He has been awarded multiple grants from the Australia Council, City of Melbourne, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and National Association for the Visual Arts. Structural Equality is his first solo exhibition in Sydney, and his first with Martin Browne Contemporary. 

See a selection of Kevin’s work below from his forthcoming exhibition, Structural Equality at Martin Browne Contemporary.



These new paintings were sparked by a US studio residency at Yellowstone National Park, shortly after Trump’s election. While in America I witnessed conservative nationalism and divisiveness, I also saw an equal reaction promoting diversity and challenging structural inequality. For this series, I’ve melded built structures into those from the natural environment, to test how economic, cultural and social structures shape the world in which we live.




As a migrant, I’m interested in how a sense of place forms fluidly in the consciousness, to surpass geographic borderlines. Drawing on imagery from America, Asia and Australia, these paintings intertwine landscapes from across continents, to create borderless, wondrous new territories.



Exhibition Details

Structural Equality
by Kevin Chin

2 – 26 May 2019

Opening Thursday 2 May, 6-8pm
Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
15 Hampden St Paddington NSW 2021

Images provided by Kevin Chin
Curated by Mike Eleven