Richard Lin

MBAC Artists RL 2

Richard Lin was born in Taichung, Taiwan in 1933. Lin attended and graduated from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School before moving to the United Kingdom in 1952. When in the UK he studied architecture and fine arts at Millfield School and Regent Street Polytechnic, however regardless of his British training the influences of his Taiwanese roots were the basis of much of his work, for example the Eastern philosophical thoughts of Laozi and Zhuangzi. 

He was also influenced by Chinese splash-ink landscape painting and, accompanied by his fine art training, created a new form of flow within the brushstroke. This free movement of ink on both paper and canvas brings a form of free spirituality to Lin’s work. During his later years, Lin was strongly influenced by modernism. Putting more emphasis on geometry and the pure medium. Shortly after this move to modernism came Lin as a minimalist, which he is arguably most famed for. As a result Lin received an award from the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 1961, exhibited at Documenta 3 in Germany in 1964, and was awarded at the Chinese Modern Sculpture Exhibition and his works now reside in some of the most important art institutions in the world.

Major Retrospectives 

Tate Modern in London, 

Museum of Modern Art in Roma

Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto

National Palace Museum in Taipei.

“International Art Exhibition”, Cologne, Germany, 1981

“Richard Lin Solo Exhibition”, Marlborough Fine Art, London, 1975 

“International Art Exhibition”, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 1971

“Industrial Art”, Royal College of Art, London, 1969

“Four London Artists”, Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York, 1968 

“Richard Lin Solo Exhibition”, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 1958

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