About

Kenji Lim is a British artist based in Essex and born in Singapore. He works through sculpture, video, digital collage, installation, and painting, to produce objects, animations, and images that operate both individually, and collectively as installation and assembly. Lim’s work reflects and refracts the experience of landscape and the natural world through the prisms of culture, myth, philosophy, and the metaphysical; returning the gaze of Western cultural norms through the eyes of other-than-human actors. Partly ecological and archeological, in turns melancholic and tongue in cheek, he navigates alternative modes of seeing, understanding, and interacting with the world and its inhabitants.

Lim studied Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London (MA - 2017-2019); and the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University (BFA - 1999-2002). He is currently an Acme Work/Live Artist at High House in Purfleet, Essex.
Education:

2017 - 2019    MA sculpture - Royal College of Art, London
1999 - 2002    BFA - Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art , Oxford University

Selected Exhibitions:

2022

Perishing Thirst - Quench Gallery, Margate
Shivering Cloud - Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna (solo)
There’s a Hole in My Neighbourhood - The London Arts Board (solo)

2021

Barbican Arts Group Artworks Open - ArtWorks Project Space, London
#37 Annual Open Exhibition - Southwark Park Galleries, London
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2021 - Situated Deities screening
Situated Deities - The Stone Space, London (solo)

2020

Little Voices - Chelsea Telephone Exchange, London
Touch Me - online
Small Pleasures - DINA, Sheffield (online)
Arts Territory Exchange Sound Library - online
Biosphere Consciousness - Conscious Isolation, Instagram
Gardens of Earthly Delight, Instagram
Isolation - Conscious Isolation, Instagram
The Flood Machine - The Window Project, Cambridge (solo)

2019

Something Written or Recorded - a_space_is_a_space, Instagram
Neverafter - Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna
Re - Southwark Park Galleries, London
RCA Degree Show, RCA Kensington, London
Dirty Hands and Revelations - Standpoint, London
Merzibition - Courtyard Gallery, London

2018

#34 Annual Open Exhibition - Southwark Park Galleries, London
Sleep and the Unconcious - Savoir Beds, London
Supercult I & II — Hockney Gallery, London
WIP - RCA Sculpture, London

2017

Hanes: tales, stories, legends & myths - Aberystwyth Arts Centre
The Forest at the End of the World - Blue Ginger Gallery, Herefordshire
Embodied Cartographies - Walcot Chapel, Bath (part of Fringe Arts Bath)
Beasts of the Mabinogion - Oriel CRiC, Crickhowell
The Words Come From the Land - Porth Melgan, St. Davids, Pembrokeshire (solo)
Art + Text - 44AD, Bath

2016

Wells Art Contemporary 2016 - The Bishops Palace, Wells
Royal West of England Academy 164 Open Exhibition - RWA Bristol
Art Language Location - Cambridge
TimeFrame - 94 Walcot st, Bath (part of Fringe Arts Bath)
The Peace of Wild Things - Blue Ginger Gallery, Herefordshire

2015

Art Language Location - Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Royal West of England Academy 163 Open Exhibition - RWA Bristol
Beginning Times - The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye (solo)
Love and Death at Walcot Chapel - Walcot Chapel, Bath (part of Fringe Arts Bath)

2014

Art Gemini Prize 2014 Exhibition - Tri-Space Gallery, London
East-West Art Award Competition (EWAAC) 2014 Exhibition - La Galleria, London
At Home With Strangers - Design Festa Gallery, Tokyo (solo)

2002

Ruskin Degree Show - Ruskin School, Oxford
Becks Futures Student Prize 2002 - ICA, London (and Touring)

Awards, Residencies and Publications:

06/2022    Arts Council England - Develop Your Creative Practice Grant
08/2022    Enter Art Fair, Copenhagen - Solo presentation with Galerie Reinthaler
12/2020    ACME Work/Live artist, Purfleet Essex (until 08/2024)
03/2020    Mustarinda, Finland - Residency including Slow Travel Grant
07/2019    Moonlight Is Sculpture - Publication
07/2018    Merz Barn Residency, Chapel Stile, Cumbria
09-10/2016    Mustarinda, Finland - Residency
10/2016    Wells Art Contemporary 2016 - Shortlisted
10/2015    Art Language Location, ALL2015 award - Winner
10/2014    The State of Art: Landscape & Portrait #1 - Bare Hill Publishing
09/2014    ArtGeminiPrize 2014 - Shortlisted
09/2014    East-West Art Award Competition (EWAAC) 2014 - Finalist
07/2002    Becks Futures Student Prize for Film and Video 2002 - Shortlisted

Press:

2022

Parnass - Einer, von dem wir mehr sehen wollen: Kenji Lim in Wien

Wiener Zeitung - Kenji Lim: Bitte erst in 100 Jahren wecken

Les Nouveaux Riches - Interview with Kenji Lim