In his intriguing series Refuge, Kevin Chin’s new paintings are inspired by the global migrant crisis, the resurgence of political parties like One Nation and Reclaim Australia, the US election of Trump, and the continuing debate around nationalism, belonging and alienation.
On show at Melbourne’s Dianne Tanzer Gallery throughout July, the works include potent iconography – temporary shelter structures, children in queues, and long distance crossings – which are staged through Chin’s own lived experience. “In this way, he creates new images that bridge our shared experience, exploring universal themes of journey, transition, and sanctuary,” explains the Gallery.
Chin’s style varies from sweeping sections of pure colour, to intense elements of meticulous precision. Using a distinctly gentle palette, he crafts an idiosyncratic blend of wit and longing. The fluidity of his paintwork merges the everyday with the otherworldly, creating borderless, wondrous new territories. Discover more of his work at kevinchin.com.au.
Main image: Kevin Chin, Rain Hail Shine, 2017, oil on Italian linen, 163 x 238 cm