Shui-Lyn White

Shui-Lyn White

South Africa | 17 artworks for sale

My work is based entirely on gesture and mark making; its inherent integrity of expression as the communicating force for the experience stored in both the subconscious and conscious memory of the body and the mind. The movement of paint across the surface of the plate or the canvas is key to the image-making which winds along a balancing line between the figurative and the abstract.

The underlying emphasis in most of my work is to question and explore what it is to be in the world; what it is to be present; how we as individuals, and as a species, inhabit the space we call the 'self'.
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.

Solo Exhibitions


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 Française

The Human Cosmos (Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville)

New Works (Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville)

Fate Amenable to Change (Salon91, Cape Town)

Lightly Seared on the Grill of Reality (Gesseau Contemporary, Johannesburg)

Fragile (Gesseau Contemporary, Johannesburg)

Return to the Source (New York)
Ecco Spiritus (Gesseau Contemporary, Johannesburg)


Anthology (Gesseau Contemporary, Johannesburg)

Group Exhibitions:


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, London

The Masters One Off (Bankside Gallery, London)
Tulbagh Arts (Tulbagh)

Space and Spaces (Hermanus Fynarts - prize winner)

Kanon21 Open Studios (Cape Town)

Alliance Française (Johannesburg)
Alliance Française (Cape Town)

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)