Kent Lins

Cementing Presence

Cementing Presence is a short flickering of images that captures a rapidly changing Mount Pleasant through the work of strangers.

It’s an overcast, sunny day at two construction sites. The cement is lifted into the sky and poured into forms. Who knows these workers? They sweat and pour concrete, twist wire and hammer nails all day, over and over. What have they done?


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 photo-based. He has an active studio practice in which he has explored drawing, painting, and photography for over 30 years. 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 in 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 eight different Vancouver communities, in rebranded rental vans, during the 2018 Capture Photography Festival.