Fleisher/Ollman Gallery


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Isaac Tin Wei Lin

b. 1976
Lives and works in Philadelphia

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. Cartoon figures, often in the form of cats and dogs, make appearances, sometimes as larger-than-life-size cut-outs covered in pattern themselves. Working across painting, screenprinting, collage and installation, Lin also collaborates with other artists and photographers in creating hybrid works. He is an alumnus of Philadelphia's artist collective Space 1026.

2005 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Residency Participant
2005 California College of the Arts, MFA Drawing/Painting
1998 Rhode Island School of Design, BFA Painting

Public Collections
Berkeley Art Museum
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Free Library of Philadelphia

Solo Shows

  • Chromatic Intercession, Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR 
  • Open Light, RVCA, San Francisco, CA 
  • Unformed Uniform, URBN Building 543, Philadelphia, PA 
  • In Plain Sight, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Another Dimension, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Last Words, Park Life, San Francisco, CA
  • Expressing the Whole Feeling, Lamp harajuku, Tokyo
  • One of Us, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • A Place Near Here, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • New Dawn Fades , Queen's Nails Annex, San Francisco, CA
  • Infinite Horizons , Woodward Flats, San Francisco, CA

Group Shows

  • Philadelphia Painters, Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
  • PDFW, Slow Culture, Los Angeles, CA
  • We Pain, Lump, Raleigh, NC
  • Jim Houser and Isaac Tin Wei Lin, Black Book Gallery, Denver, CO
  • Rusu Moyo, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn NY 
  • Department of Neighborhood Services, Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia PA 
  • PARTICIPATE, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA
  • July Group Show, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco CA 
  • New Wine New Bottle, Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Wally, MASS Gallery, Austin, TX 
  • Alley Cats, MASS Gallery, Austin, TX 
  • Extended Absence, Blanc Gallery, Cambridge, MA 
  • Biennale d’Art Contemporain (with D.F.W.), Le Havre, France 
  • The Beginning, Beginnings, New York, NY
  • Portrait of a Generation, The Hole, New York, NY
  • Here and Now, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • Off Camera, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Armory Show, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, New York, NY
  • The Never Ending Story IV, Cinders, Brooklyn, NY
  • With Friends Like These, Giant Robot, New York NY
  • Crocodile Tears, Giant Robot, New York NY
  • White Noise Drawn Together, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen Denmark
  • Big Kids/Little Kids, 222 Gallery, Philadelphia PA
  • Brevity's Rainbow: A Tiny Art Show, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • White Noise, Space 1026, Philadelphia PA
  • Cave Paintings, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia PA
  • Am The Rythm, Painted Bride, Philadelphia PA
  • A Kiss for the Mezuzah, Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Philadelphia PA
  • Coming Up, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR
  • The Exquisite Corpse, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia PA
  • Indexphilia, Bravin Lee Gallery, New York City NY
  • Automatic, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York City NY
  • Blood in, Blood Out, 96 Gillespie, London England
  • No Bad Blood, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn NY
  • Printed Matter 2, GIANTROBOT NY, New York City NY
  • Locally Localized Gravity, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia PA
  • MORGELLONS, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia PA
  • California Calligraphy Summit: Cali/Graffi, Fine Arts Gallery SFSU, San Francisco CA
  • Sibling Revelry, After Modern, San Francisco, CA
  • Draw, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY
  • Peer Pleasure 1: Royal Art Lodge, Space 1026 and Instant Coffee, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco CA
  • Friends of the Arts,  222 Club, San Francisco, CA
  • Magic Stones in the Secret Cave, Floral Gallery, Oakland CA
  • Saturation: Portland Modern:, Disjecta, Portland OR
  • Best of the Bay: Future/Fantastic, Triple Base, San Francisco CA
  • Art in the Style of Radical, Magic Pony, Toronto Canada
  • Red Dot, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia PA
  • Something in the Water,  222 Gallery, Philadelphia PA
  • Hold Me, Please, Renowned Gallery, Portland OR
  • The Seed Market, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles CA
  • Two for the Seesaw, Branch Gallery, Carrboro NC
  • WHITE BOX, Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco CA
  • Postcards from Poketo, Receiver Gallery, San Francisco CA
  • Soon and Very Soon, Renowned Gallery, Portland OR
  • Bay Area Bazaar, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland OR
  • Paper!Awesome!, Pigman Gallery, San Francisco CA
  • For Landscape, Queen's Nail Annex, San Francisco CA
  • MFA Thesis Show,  California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA
  • ONE WITH THE SUN,  Ooga Booga Store, Los Angeles CA
  • P-TOWNS, New Image Art Gallery, West Hollywood CA
  • The New Image Art Show, RVCA Gallery, Costa Mesa CA
  • By the People For the People, Transport Gallery, Los Angeles CA
  • Reach For the Rainbow in the Dark, Covivant Gallery, Tampa Bay FL
  • DayDream Nation, 3 Rivers Arts Festival Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
  • Poketo Art Show 02, Cowboys and Angels, San Francisco CA
  • I Love Music,  Creative Growth Gallery, Oakland CA
  • OOH! AH! SHANGRI-LA!, Cassius King Gallery, San Diego CA
  • Everybody Rules Everything, AntiSocial Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • Philadelphia and Friends, Space 23,7 Toledo OH
  • Beaver College, The Mockbee, Cincinatti OH
  • Seed Spreaders, New Image Art Gallery, W. Hollywood CA
  • SHAZAM!, Creative Alliance, Baltimore MD
  • Artscape, M&T Bank Model Home, Baltimore MD
  • Drawing For It, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia PA
  • Brothers From Different Mothers, LUMP Gallery, Raleigh NC
  • Seperations, 222 Gallery, Philadelphia PA
  • 9 from Space 1026 + LUMP= deece!, LUMP Gallery, Raleigh NC
  • Scratch off the Serial, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelpha PA