Kent Lins is a Vancouver B.C. artist, who respectfully acknowledges he was born, lives, and works on the unceded, traditional, ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Kent’s current work is mostly photobased, derived from his own photography. He has an active studio practice in which over 30 years he has explored drawing, painting, and photography. His focus has always been on capturing the force of energy of people, places, and states of mind, through a restricted palette and dynamic surfaces. The first twenty years were spent painting and drawing, and in an overlapping shift he moved to photography and digital work over the last fifteen years.
Kent studied Fine Arts at UBC Okanagan from 1985 – 1987, receiving awards for both Academic Excellence and Academic Standards. He has exhibited in private and public galleries in Canada and internationally. His work is held in private collections in Canada, United States, Turkey, Croatia and Austria.
In late 2017, Kent and his partner Sally Buck launched Van Galleries. In this project they brought art to 8 different Vancouver communities, in re-branded rental vans, during the 2018 Capture Photography Festival.