Martyn Thompson

Martyn Thompson

Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

About Martyn Thompson

Martyn Thompson is an artist and photographer from the U.K. who established himself as an artist in Korea. After graduating from Northampton University, UK in 2007, with a degree in fine art, winning an award for his final show exhibition piece 'Moulding Myself' he moved straight to Korea.

Upon graduating, Martyn pursued his personal studies of Korean video artist Baik Nam June. Producing art and finding exhibiting opportunities in a foreign country was difficult, because at the time there was little activity amongst fellow expatriate artists. A lot of perseverance was required, and after partaking in a few group exhibitions with the International Art Community, Martyn held his first white wall solo exhibition in 2011 at Gallery I in Insadong, Seoul. Despite some minor language communication problems, Martyn has continued working with the Gallery I owner, and forged a strong relationship to create more opportunities for foreign artists living in Korea. He is now considered a very reliable asset and communicative body by several galleries and foreign artists living in Korea.

Martyn has exhibited extensively across the country since 2009, putting on four solo exhibitions, partaking in around twenty-five group exhibitions, and having just completed his fifth solo exhibition April 2015. In 2012, Martyn curated two exhibitions in Seoul and co-curated a further two in other cities across the peninsula as well as establishing the Professional Artist's Network Korea. PANK has now grown to include over eighty artists from fifteen different countries in just over two years, and is run by Martyn with a team of six dedicated volunteers. Martyn has curated a further seven group exhibitions, and helped a further five artists to hold solo exhibitions while continuously developing the PANK website and providing a vital resource for English speaking artists living in Korea.

Martyn moved back to the U.K. in the summer of 2016 with his family and has recently begun working on a new series of images in a new style.

Education

2007 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Northampton University, Northampton, England

2000 GNVQ Art & Design, Oxford College of Further Education, Oxford, England

Events

Ending soon:
2017-2019 - Solo exhibition at Emerald City Medical Arts, Seattle US

Exhibitions

Solo
2017 Solo Exhibition at Emerald City Medical Centre, Seattle, US
2016 Relief Prints, Ham Gallery, Cheongju, Korea
2015 SEWOL, Gallery Dokdo, Heyri Art Village, Paju, Korea
2015 SEWOL, Gallery I, Insadong, Seoul, Korea
2014 Korean Bow Collection 2014 (part 2), Gallery [t], Daegu, Korea
2014 Korean Bow Collection 2014 (part 1), PDG Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
2013 Korean Bow Collection, Color of Money, Goyang City, Gyeonggi Do, Korea
2011 Immersive Environments, Gallery I, Insadong, Seoul, Korea
2009 Bottled Animals, Frog and Toad, Ilsan, Korea

Group
2014/10 Contemporary Art Exhibition of Ganghwa Island, Korea
2014 [b]list, Gukje Art Museum, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea
2014 Artist Run Space Gunsan, Daegu, Korea
2014 Cultural Displacement, Orange Pencil, Nakseongdae, Seoul, Korea
2013 Art in Asia, COEX, Seoul, Korea
2013 on VIDEO, Hongdae, Seoul, Korea
2013 MIAF, OPUS 11 Building, 10F Sky Park, Euljiro, Jung-Gu, Seoul, Korea
2013 GIAF, Sejong Culture and Art Centre, Gwanghwamun, Seoul, Korea
2013 Jayuajae, Seoul Sirim Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2012 Untitled, Gallery I, Insadong, Seoul, Korea
2012 Nature Teaches Beasts, Gallery I, Insadong, Seoul, Korea
2012 Daegu Art Fair, Daegu EXCO, Daegu, Korea
2012 Jeonju Art Biennale, Jeonbuk Munhwa Yesol Hawegwan, Jeonju, Korea
2012 KOMAS, Mokpo Cultural Art Gallery, Mokpo, Korea
2012 COEX Handmade Art 2012, COEX Exhibition Hall, Samseong Dong, Seoul, Korea
2012 Myeongdong Global Art Festival, Myeongdong Gallery, Myeongdon, Seoul, Korea
2012 The Nude Collection 2012 (IAC), Golmok Gallery, Itaewon, Seoul, Korea
2012 Homo-Sapiens, Golmok Gallery, Itaewon, Seoul, Korea
2011 Warm Picture, Golmok Gallery, Itaewon, Seoul, Korea
2011 Goyang International Art Fair 2011, Goyang City, Gyeonggi Do, Korea.
2011 Unravel 2011, Group Exhibition, Myeongdong Gallery, Myeongdong, Seoul, Korea
2011 Narrative Structure, Group Exhibition, THEO Space, Hongdae, Seoul, Korea
2010 International Mountain Day Seminar, Kyounghee University, Seoul, Korea
2010 Art For Love, Yongsan Arts and Culture Centre, Yongsan, Seoul, Korea
2010 Bear Necessities Show, Roofers, Itaewon, Seoul, Korea
2010 Korea Mountain Preservation League Fundraiser, Ilsan, Korea
2008 Thursday Flicks, Rugby Art Gallery, England
2007 Final Degree Show, Northampton University, England
2006 Gallery 58, Northampton, England

Performances
2013 Mountains, Gallery I, Insadong, Seoul, Korea
2013 FLOW: Performance Art Festival, Gallery Golmok, Itaewon, Seoul, Korea

Curated
2014 Jeonju Hessol Hwae, Jeonbuk Munhwa Yesol Hawegwan, Jeonju, Korea
2014 Rock, Scissors, Paper, Gallery I, Insadong, Seoul, Korea
2014 Bridge, Riverview Gallery, Gwangjin Bridge, Seoul, Korea
2013 Mountains, iGallery, Insadong, Seoul, Korea
2012 Nature Teaches Beasts to Know their Friends, iGallery, Insadong, Seoul, Korea
2012 Homo-Sapiens, Golmok Gallery, Itaewon, Seoul, Korea