Shui-Lyn White is an artist who uses the gestural and textural evocations of paint to explore how we are in the world. Her works delve below the surface of persona to illuminate how we form and inhabit the space called the 'self' - creating an emotional subsurface scattering. Her art practice meditates on how we in our most subliminal form move through time and space to arrive at a place that we can call home. Each art work can be seen as a ‘letter’ inviting the viewer to be grounded in the here and now of their being.
Being an only child on a vast sugar estate in Nigeria and shaped by family histories of migration, exile and war sparked a curiosity into the self and belonging. This led her to question the societal myths and constructs of the self, and to realise the importance of connection over belonging in finding one’s place in the world.
Shui-Lyn’s work reflects her Sino-European-African heritage. Born to a Chinese mother and an English father in Nigeria, she has lived in Ghana, England, France, Australia, Malawi, South Africa and Ethiopia. She is currently based in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
In 2017, Shui-Lyn was honored with a special invitation by Chief Curator, Morgan Doyle RE and selected by the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers for The Masters Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery in London. She was surprised and delighted when The Royal Academy of Engravers selected two of her works.
One Small Gesture (Red Moon Art Incubator, Brussels)
The Absence of Gravity: solo exhibition at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Durbanville.
Collective Amnesia: solo exhibition at Alliance Française2013
The Human Cosmos (Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville)2010
New Works (Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville)2009
Fate Amenable to Change (Salon91, Cape Town)2008
Lightly Seared on the Grill of Reality (Gesseau Contemporary, Johannesburg)2005
Fragile (Gesseau Contemporary, Johannesburg)2004
Return to the Source (New York)
Ecco Spiritus (Gesseau Contemporary, Johannesburg)
Anthology (Gesseau Contemporary, Johannesburg)
Zeitz MOCAA Home Is Where the Art Is (Cape Town)
Women in Art Biennale (Pakistan)
Solo Studios (Riebeek Kasteel)
Subsurface Scatterings (Gallery One11, Cape Town)
Dark Matters Kolab ll (Riebeek Kasteel)
The Marks We Make - StateoftheART, Cape Town
The Battersea Art Fair, London2017
The Masters One Off (Bankside Gallery, London)
Tulbagh Arts (Tulbagh)2013
Space and Spaces (Hermanus Fynarts - prize winner)2011
Kanon21 Open Studios (Cape Town)2007
Alliance Française (Johannesburg)
Alliance Française (Cape Town)2006
Living Rites (Constitution Hill, Johannesburg)Corporate Exhibitions:
2004 Prometheus Unbound (Change Partners Corporate Coaching, Johannesburg)
2006 Wom(B)an (book launch, Johannesburg)
2007 Living Spaces (Biovac Institute, Cape Town)
2007 Our Land (Ericsson, Zambia)