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Biography

Justin Lim (b.1983 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) completed his postgraduate studies in 2006 with the Master of Art (Fine Art) programme by The Open University UK conducted at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore after obtaining a BA(Hons) Fine Art majoring in painting. He has exhibited widely in Southeast Asia in various solo & group exhibitions and was the recipient of the 2008 Malaysia-Australia Visual Artist Residency at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia. He has since held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, USA (2011 – Asian Artist Fellowship/ Freeman Fellowship), Red Gate Gallery, Beijing (2013 – Khazanah Nasional Artist Residency) and The Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Australia (2016 – International Artist in residence).

Selected group exhibitions include the ‘Asian Art Biennale: Viewpoints & Viewing points’, Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2009), ‘Modern Love’, Earl Lu Gallery / Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore (2015), ’Asia Young 36 / Asia Contemporary’, a survey of contemporary Asian art practices, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Jeonju, South Korea (2016) and ‘Contemporary Chaos’, curated by Demetrio Paparoni, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway (2018).

He currently lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Education

2006
Master of Art (Fine Art), Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore / The Open University, UK

2005
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Painting, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore


Solo exhibitions

 

2021
Sanctuary, Richard Koh Fine Art, Singapore

2019
Planet Shangri-La, Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2017
Honey Trap Arcadia, Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2015
Modern Absurdity and the Superficial Abyss, Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2014
There Is No Other Paradise, Southeast Asian Pavillion, Artstage, Singapore

2013
Arcane Fantasies for the Flesh and the Sublime, Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2010
Secret Identities, TAKSU, Kuala Lumpur

2009
Gods, Heroes & Myths, Rimbun Dahan, Selangor, Malaysia


Institutional group exhibitions

2018
Contemporary Chaos, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway

2016
Asia Young 36 / Asia Contemporary 2016, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Jeonju, South Korea

2015
Modern Love, Earl Lu Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore

2011
Asian Artist Fellowship, Vermont Studio Centre, Vermont, USA

2009
Asian Art Biennale: Viewpoints and viewing points, Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

2007
Singapore Art Show, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2006
MFA Degree Show, Earl Lu Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore

2005
Balthus Bemused by Colour, Earl Lu Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore
Urban on Urban, Earl Lu Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore


Selected group exhibitions

2020
In our own frame, Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

2020
S.E.A. Focus, Gillman Barracks, Singapore (with Richard Koh Fine Art)

2019
Hotel Art Fair, Bangkok, Thailand (with Richard Koh Fine Art)
Malaysian Art Expo, MATRADE Exhibition Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2018
VOLTA14, Basel, Switzerland (with Richard Koh Fine Art)
Artstage Singapore (with Richard Koh Fine Art)
Art Central, Hong Kong (with Richard Koh Fine Art)

2017
The Artling Pop Up, Helutrans, Singapore

2016
Artstage Singapore (with Richard Koh Fine Art)

2015
Malaysian Art: A New Perspective, Richard Koh Fine Art, Singapore
I am Ten, Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2014
Artstage Singapore (with Richard Koh Fine Art)

2013
Young Artist Discovery : Art Taipei, Taiwan
Southeast Asian Pavillion, Beirut Art Fair, Beirut
Artstage Singapore (with Richard Koh Fine Art)

2012
Snapshots, WWF Art for Nature, Rimbun Dahan, Selangor, Malaysia
Collective Alternatif, Malaysian Art Expo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Artstage Singapore (with Richard Koh Fine Art)

2011
18@8 Save the planet, Wei Ling Contemporary, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Culture Vulture, Taksu, Singapore
Garden of Hidden Desires, Wei Ling Contemporary, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Rogue wave, Taksu, Singapore

2010
BOLEH!, Taksu, Singapore
1Malaysia Contemporary Art Festival (MCAT), Galeri Seri Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Survival, Rimbun Dahan, Selangor, Malaysia
Tiger Show, Wei Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Locals only!, Taksu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2009
Iskandar Malaysian Contemporary Art Show (IMCAS), Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Tanah Air, Rimbun Dahan, Selangor, Malaysia
Peninsula & Island, Taksu, Singapore

2008
Shifting Boundaries, Rimbun Dahan, Selangor, Malaysia

2007
ARTSingapore, Suntec convention center, Singapore

2006
Rage Against the Dying of the Light, La Libreria, Singapore
The New Messengers, TAKSU, Singapore

Public and corporate collections

Jeonbuk Museum of Art, South Korea
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Malaysia
Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia
Zain Azahari collection, Malaysia
Aliya & Farouk Khan collection, Malaysia


Awards and Residencies

2016
International Artist in Residence, The Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Australia
Visiting Artist – Artspace, Sydney, Australia

2013
Khazanah Nasional Artist Residency Programme, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China

2011
Asian Artist Fellowship (Freeman Fellowship), Vermont Studio Centre, USA

2008
Malaysia-Australia Visual Artist Residency, Rimbun Dahan, Selangor, Malaysia

2007
Taksu Artist Residency Programme, Taksu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2006
Lasalle College of the Arts Scholarship

Selected Bibliography

Books

Hati & Jiwa: The Zain Azahari Collection, Galeri Z, 2019

Malaysian Eye: Contemporary Malaysian Art, edited by Serenella Ciclitira, Skira editore, 2014

Today and Tomorrow: Emerging Practices in Malaysian Art, edited by Adeline Ooi, Beverly Yong and Rachel Ng, Adaptus Publishing, 2013

Malaysian Contemporary Art: The Aliya & Farouk Khan Collection, edited by Leila Khan, AFK collection, 2010

Exhibition Catalogues

Contemporary Chaos, curated by Demetrio Paparoni, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, 2018

13, Richard Koh Fine Art, 2018

12, Richard Koh Fine Art, 2017

11, Richard Koh Fine Art, 2016

Asia Young 36, curated by Chang Sukwon, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, 2016

I am Ten, Richard Koh Fine Art, 2015

Modern Absurdity and the Superficial Abyss, Richard Koh Fine Art, 2015

Arcane Fantasies for the Flesh and the Sublime, Richard Koh Fine Art, 2013

Viewpoint & Viewing Points, curated by Chao-Yi Tsai, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2009

Articles

Terence Toh, Beautiful and deadly: Striking symbols on the cutting edge of social commentary , Star2 (cover page), The Star (Malaysia) , 9 April 2017

Arpita Bajaj, Honey Trap Arcadia: Justin Lim’s social commentary exhibits at RK Fine Art, The Binge (Malaysia), April 2017

Zhi Xin, Justin Lim, Pin Prestige (Malaysia) May 2016

Justine Harvey, Kuala Lumpur : Justin Lim, Urbis Magazine, February 2016

Rouwen Lin, Back in black: Artist Justin Lim’s fascinating black series, The Star (Malaysia), 13 September 2015

Rouwen Lin, Living in decay, The Star (Malaysia) , 21 April 2013