Martyn Thompson Artist artworks for sale
Artist: Martyn Thompson
Live in: Paju, Gyeonggi Do, South Korea
Artworks for sale: 0
Martyn Thompson Artist Bio:
Martyn Thompson is an artist and photographer from the U.K. who has been living and practicing his profession in Korea since 2007. After graduating from Northampton University in 2007, with a degree in fine art, winning an award for his final show exhibition piece 'Moulding Myself'. Upon graduating, Martyn pursued his personal studies of Korean video artist Baik Nam June with a move to South Korea. While still actively producing art, 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 currently lives in Paju, a city in the northern province of Gyeonggi in South Korea, just a few kilometers from the border of North Korea, where aside from working as an artist, photographer and English teacher, Martyn enjoys to spend his free time playing pool at the local pool hall, or at home with his family.