Isaac Tin Wei Lin explores the realm where representation and buzzing abstraction meet. His surfaces are often densely covered in calligraphic, brushed and hand-drawn patterns that express both the logic and complexity of written language. Lin's dense calligraphy—a kind of graffiti in which comprehensible lettering gives way to pure form—evoke patterns and structures found in nature. His abstraction brings to mind single cell organisms, entangling kudzu vines, DNA helices, and pulsating constellations all rendered in effervescing colors. Working across painting, screenprinting, collage, installation, and mural-making, Lin also collaborates with other artists and photographers in creating hybrid works.
Lin has had solo exhibitions at the Asian Arts Initiative, the Print Center, Fleisher/Ollman, and Gallery 543 at URBN (all in Philadelphia); Park Life, Queen’s Nails Annex, Woodward Flats, RVCA, and Needles and Pens (all in San Francisco); and Lamp Harajuku, Tokyo. Lin participated with the DFW collective in Arts Le Havre, 2012 Contemporary Art Biennial, France. He has been featured in group exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Fleisher/Ollman, Painted Bride Arts Center, and the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art (all in Philadelphia); the Hole, Bravin Lee, and Franklin Parrasch (all in New York); MASS Gallery, Austin; Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Somerset House, London, UK; and Scooters for Peace, Tokyo, among others. Lin has been commissioned to paint several large-scale murals, including three through Mural Arts Philadelphia; a multi-story stairway mural for Facebook's headquarters in San Francisco; and a thirteen-story mural in Heerlen, the Netherlands, commissioned by Stichting Street Art Foundation. His work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Berkeley Art Museum, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania Academy of the FIne Arts
Jul 8–Dec 31, 2022
image: Fragmentary Bliss, 2021Acrylic and airbrush ink on panel
Mar 1–Mar 31, 2022
Permanent mural installation by Isaac Tin Wei Lin, co-commissioned by the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation for The Annenberg Center, University of Pennsylvania
Photo: Jaime Álvarez
Adams and Ollman
Mar 19–Apr 17, 2021
In collaboration with JTT and Fleisher/Ollman
James Castle, Isaac Tin Wei Lin, Becky Suss
Isaac Tin Wei Lin
Scooters for Peace
Nov 2 – Nov 30, 2019
New mural by Isaac Lin at 421 N. 7th St, Philadelphia, in collaboration with Mural Arts.
“Galleries: Chaos and cryptic meanings”
Edith Newhall in The Philadelphia Inquirer
Isaac Tin Wei Lin, Patrick Maguire, Reed Anderson, Sarah Walker
July 16–August 15, 2015
Adams and Ollman
1485 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Oct 24, 2014–Jan 6, 2015
Isaac Tin Wei Lin recently completed a multi-story mural commission at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.
Isaac Tin Wei Lin: Last Words
July 20 through August 19, 2012
220 Clement Street
Gallery artist Isaac Lin's site-specific installation, One of Us, transforms the upstairs gallery at the Print Center into a sea of patterned prints and larger-than-life-sized, free-standing painted cutouts. The show runs from September 7 to November 20, 2010, with a reception on Thursday, September 16 from 5:30–7:30pm.
The Print Center
1614 Latimer Street, Philadelphia
Gallery artist Isaac Lin's show at Fleisher/Ollman, "A Place Near Here" was reviewed in ARTnews' May 2010 issue. Download the review here.
Gallery artist Isaac Lin will be showing in 'Indexiphilia' at BravinLee programs in New York, opening July 20th. The show features works on paper from members of the venerable Philadelphia collective Space 1026, and the website features helpful, extensive history and statements from the collective. We look forward to large collaborations with Lin and Space 1026 in the 2007-2008 season.