- Joined Sotheby’s Hong Kong in 1998
- Organises auctions of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art
- Spearheaded Sotheby’s first sale of Contemporary Chinese Art in Hong Kong
- Native of Taiwan
Evelyn Lin joined Sotheby’s Hong Kong in 1998, and was named Specialist in the Chinese Paintings department in 2000 where she catalogued and researched many of the sales in that field of expertise. She later spearheaded Sotheby’s first sale of Contemporary Chinese Art in 2004 in Hong Kong, and thereafter created a standalone department which she headed. The records achieved in this first sale and the subsequent sales have inspired a reassessment of the significance of Chinese Contemporary Art as well as its historic impact and values. She was instrumental in introducing the first Evening Sale of Modern and Contemporary Asian Art whereby the department has been renamed .
In April 2011, Ms. Lin organised the legendary sale, The Ullens Collection – The Nascence of Avant-Garde China, representing the visualisation of the Chinese nation’s history through works of art, with many works which traced the birth of Contemporary Chinese Art in the 1980s. It set the record for a Contemporary Asian Art sale at auction, records were also set for Zhang Xiaogang – Forever Lasting Love (Triptych), Zhang Peili – Series “X?” No.3, Geng Jianyi – Two People Under a Light, Yu Youhan – 1985-4, Ding Yi – Appearance of Crosses 90-6 and Liu Wei – No Smoking.
Other archetypal artworks that Ms. Lin has brought to the market include the record-breaking early work by Zhang Xiaogang – Chapter of a New Century – Birth of the People’s Republic of China II (October 2010), Liu Ye’s Bright Road (April 2010), Liu Xiaodong’s Battlefield Realism: The Eighteen Arhats (Set of Eighteen) (April 2008), Xu Beihong’s Put Down Your Whip (April 2007), Chen Chengbo’s Danshui (October 2006) and Chang Yu’s Pink Lotus (April 2006), all of which are world-record-breaking Chinese oil paintings.