StART Art Fair has even more Korean artists than usual – so many that there’s a Korea-specific press release which is reproduced below. Artists range from the well established veteran (Taeho Kim, b 1948) to some of the latest hallyu stars including Winner’s Ohnim who is exhibiting at StART for the third year running.
Korean Artists at StART Art Fair 2022
Stars of K-drama, K-Pop and K-movies show their artistic side at StART art fair, London
Now in its 9th year, StART art fair has become known for bringing the work of lesser-known artistic communities to an art collecting public. Held annually at London’s iconic Saatchi Gallery, StART fills all three floors of the gallery with a mix of curated projects, gallery presentations and independent artist exhibitors.
StART founders David and Serenella Ciclitira have been showing Korean contemporary art as part of the mix since 2009, staging international exhibitions of new Korean work through a programme called The Global Eye. It is thanks to this programme that artists such as Boomoon, Lee Hyungkoo, Meekyoung Shin and Dong Yoo Kim, practitioners who were then relatively unknown outside Korea, have gone on to have significant international careers.
It is in this spirit of showcasing young and emerging artists and championing new talent that StART London will include work by celebrities of the K-Wave. Hot on the heels of exhibiting at the first StART Seoul (1-6 September) – a partnership between StART and Jason Lee – the following artists, all of whom have established careers in the entertainment field, will be appearing at StART London this October: Ohnim (aka Mino of K-Pop sensation band WINNER @realllllmino), actor / model Kang Hui (@kanghui_), actor and writer Shinyang Park (@park_shinyang), and webtoon artist and reality TV star Kian84 (@khmnim1513).
Visitors flocked to London’s Saatchi Gallery for the first showing of Ohnim, Yooyeon and Kang Hui’s work at StART London 2021. A year on, the artistic practice of this young trio has visibly evolved, as David Ciclitira says “Nurturing artists’ careers is what we are all about. It has been incredible to watch these talented individuals developing their very distinctive aesthetic and we are proud to have been able to platform their work alongside that of other more established artists from around the world both online and in gallery spaces. We awarded Ohnim the Visual Culture Global Eye Award 2021 in recognition of remarkable trans-disciplinary creativity. A superlatively talented individual, whose poignant work communicates, through simple, bold forms, the struggle to have real interpersonal relationships and human touch in today’s world. Watch this space for what he and his peers will produce next.”
In celebration of the inaugural StART Art Fair Seoul, Lee Young Hye President & CEO of Design House Inc. launched a children’s art competition. Scores of children of all ages submitted artwork for consideration. The shortlist of 8 (aged 7 – 14) were exhibited at StART Seoul and all of the finalists’ work will be shown at StART London, where the overall winner will be chosen.
Exhibiting Artists List
HARTI | Fara Thomas | HanaShahnavaz | MAH Gallery London (Philipp Humm. & Daniele Mah) | Sisley-L | Illuminati Neon “In 1977 I wanna go to Heaven” | West Contemporary & Beth Cullen Kerridge | Eclectic Gallery (Adolfo Arenas Alonso, Seong-Gu LEE, Max Pedreira, Nimrod Messeg, Caio Locke) | Rare Interior Gallery (Amber Jane Raab) | Coartistas (Roberto Lombana, Mariana Gomez, Veronica Matiz, Ana Elisa Fernandez) | Pap Art (David Koppel, Herrmann) | Steve Mcpherson | Re d’Italia Art (Deborah Napolitano, Domenico Villano, Giovanna Orilia, Lucio Oliveri, Antonello Capozzi, Lusi Di, Mattia Montone, Nathaly Caldonazzo, Paola Ruggiero, Simone, Alessandra Greco) | Emma Loizides | ShinB | Park Soyeon | Joanna Pilarczyk | Ted Wongt | Premium Pages (Andrew Swarbrick, Thanapon Dathumma) | ONE EAST ASIA | Gallery M Platform (So Young Kim) | Select Gallery (Jason Lilley, Amelia Coward, Kate Verrion) | David Magee | Giles Revell | Thomas D Wright | Enter Gallery (Jamie Reid, Mateo Humano) | Oliver Harley | Wendy Forsyth | Olivier Mourao | Kate Trafeli | Ben Mosley | Cecilia Yang | Clarendon Fine Art (Mr Brainwash, The Connor Brothers) | Olivia de Posson | Bentley’s | The Gallery Steiner (Behrouz Bahadoori, Io Rasa) | Prasad Beaven (2021 Ciclitira Prize Winner PFSTA) | Simbart Projects (Irem Nalca) | Pedro Sousa Lauro | Clive Morton | Pedro Merry | Akshita Lad | Lincoln Townley | KIM Sun Woo | PARK Shinyang | KIM Byungjong | LEE Choulgyu | Surrea | Nancy Lang | Kian 84 | KIM Regina | KIM Tae-ho | Ohnim | KANG Hui | Hyunsook Byun | Chae Mihyun & Dr.Jung | Natalia Fundowicz | Ingoo Kang | Elena Unger | Matteao Montani | Steve Smith Dla ’kwagila (Global Eye Award Winner)