Zelin Seah 谢泽琳 (B.1980) lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He received his BFA at Birmingham City University in 2007.

Zelin is an artist acclaimed for his semi- abstract depictions of the contemporary socioeconomic phenomenon, by adopting fragmented daily life space images. His black and white layering brush method allows for structure like inner section that cannot be view through surface; thus, Zelin’s paintings are more complicated than what can be captured through the eye. Zelin suggested an interconnected space, forming the hidden structure and law in life, through such fragmented portrayal.

Zelin has held a solo show at Hom Art Trans Malaysia in 2011 and a two man show at Taksu Gallery Malaysia in 2013. He has been actively participated in Malaysia Art scene, as well as South East Asia region country on exhibitions and residencies, Including Perahu Art Space Indonesia in 2013, Project Space Philippines in 2012, The Open Society Foundation Myanmar in 2012 and Hom Art Trans in 2011.

Zelin has emerged finalist in a number of competitions, including the Malaysia Emerging Artist Awards, UOB Painting Awards, VAA Painting Awards… His works were part of the Jury’s selection of recommended works at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival 2011. In 2013, Zelin is being recognized as an awardee for The Young Guns Awards. In 2014, Zelin has been selected to be one of the 21 feature artists in Prudential Malaysian Eye Exhibition and book. Following, Zelin has been selected as 1 of the 4 artists to represent Malaysia, participate in Prudential Eye Zone under Start Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery, London.

Zelin’s works are in the permanent collections of the National Visual Art Gallery Malaysia, Birmingham City Univercity and HOM Art Trans.

Personal Particulars

Name                        Zelin Seah
Nationality                 Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (KL)
Occupation                Visual Artist, Art College Lecturer
Education                  Bachelor of Art with Honor in Fine Art, Birmingham City University
Email contact             zzzelin@gmail.com               

Solo, Duo Exhibitions & Project

2015              Hit The Ground and Blossom, Taksu Gallery, KL
                                Capturing Contemporary, Art Stage Project Booth (Taksu Gallery), Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 
2013                         50/50 Two Man Exhibition, Taksu Gallery, KL
2011                         To Whom It May Concern: Being, 
HOM Art Trans, Ampang

Group Exhibitions
2015                          Stories of 11 Artworks, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur
                                 Art Expo (Taksu Gallery), Matrade Center, Kuala Lumpur Interface, Taksu Gallery, Singapore

                                 Local’s Only, Taksu Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

                                 Recent Acquisitions, National Visual Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur 
2014                          Prudential Eye Zone, Start Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, United Kingdom
                                 Prudential Malaysian Eye, MAP@Publika, Malaysia
                                 Freedom Under Construction, HOM Gallery, Malaysia
                                 The Young Guns, Chan Hampe Gallery, Singapore
                                 Concurrence, West Gallery, Philippines

                         The Young Guns, HOM Art Trans, MAP@Publika, KL/ Whiteaways Gallery, Penang
                                Art Expo Malaysia, G13 Gallery, Matrade Center, KL
                                Figurative Trajectories, G13 Gallery, KL
                                SAGE Residency Exhibition, Perahu Art Connection, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
                                UP Exhibition, Taksu Gallery, KL
                                SAGER Residency Exhibition, 
HOM Art Trans, KL
                                Local’s Only Exhibition, Taksu Gallery, KL
                                20@13 Exhibition, G13 Gallery, KL

2012                         Transit A4, 
HOM Art Trans, KL
                                Members Only Exhibition, National Visual Art Gallery Malaysia, KL
                                SAGER Residency Exhibition, Boston Gallery, Manila, Philippines
                                Southeast Asia Art Exchange, New Zero Art Space, Yangon, Myanmar

2011                         In Death Row’s Shadow, KLSCAH, KL
                                Sequential Narrative, Galeri Chandan, KL
                                Vertical or Horizontal Exhibition, 
HOM Art Trans, KL

2010                         MERAPI ERUPTION Exhibition, 
HOM Art Trans, KL
                                Pudu Community Art Festival, Pudu Plaza, KL
                                Pameran Poskad 2010, My Art Space, Singapore

2009                         Cutie Cultie Comic show, One Art Gallery, KL

2008                         Div15ion Exhibition, Findars Space, Annexe Central Market, KL
                                Merdeka Visualogue Charity Exhibition, The Gardens, Mid Valley, KL
                                Illustration is Everywhere Exhibition, One Art Gallery, KL

2007                         BA Show 2007, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom
                                F 02 Exhibition, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Works in Public Collection

2012                         National Visual Art Gallery Malaysia

HOM Art Trans    
2007                         Birmingham City University                                                     


Prizes and Fellowships

2013                        The Young Guns Awards, HOM Art Trans, Publika Map, KL
                               SAGER Residency, Perahu Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
                               SAGER Residency, 
HOM Art Trans, KL

2012                        SAGER Residency, Project Space Pilipinas,Manila, Philippine
                               Southeast Asia Art Exchange, Open Society Foundation, Myanmar

2011                        Jury Recommended Works, 14th Japan Media Arts Festival,
 National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
                               Artist- in- Residence, 
HOM Art Trans, KL
                               Finalist, MEA Malaysia Emerging Artist Awards, Soka Gakkai, KL
                               Finalist, VAA Visual Art Awards, Starhill Gallery, KL
                               Finalist, UOB Painting Awards, Menara UOB, KL

2010                         Finalist, VAA Visual Art Awards, Starhill Gallery, KL

2009                         Finalist, MEA Malaysia Emerging Artist Awards, Soka Gakkai, KL
                               Consolation Prize, Festival Ampang Photo Competition, KL
2008                         Finalist, National Watercolour Awards, Annexe Gallery, KL
                               Winner, OUT OF LINES Drawing Competition, Annexe Gallery, KL
2007                         1st Prize, Comic Fiesta Online Art Competition, KL
2006                         Finalist, National Watercolour Awards, National Art Gallery, KL
2005                        1st Prize, Best Comic Illustration, Jom- Karangkraf Komik, KL
2004                        1st Prize, Best Comic Drawing, Peraduan Baka Baru Komik, KL
                               Finalist, Anugerah Kijang Art Awards, National Bank Malaysia, KL
2002                         Finalist, Nokia Art Awards, Ramsay Ong Gallery, KL

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