Photographic credit-copyright Annie Morris

Kim Wan (b.1970) is a British artist of East Asian Polynesian and Western European heritage. Wan’s artworks are all painterly – whether it is the obsessive exploration in his series of self-portraits, or the heavy impastoed, painted surfaces on found objects contributing to large-scale major installations. He made a lot of hip hop inspired graffiti during the 1980s, and the speed and power of spray-painting has remained a strong thread throughout his art career.

In the UK, Wan has worked with museums and institutions such as the National Portrait Gallery, TATE Modern, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the National Gallery. He is a selected artist by international committee at the Florence Biennale and is represented in the Saatchi collection. Exhibiting regularly in New York City, recent shows also include Art Basel Miami and range from Berlin, Moscow and Beijing to the Louvre, Paris.







Kim Wan c.1983 Hastings

 Selected past exhibitions and events

Winchester School of Art, 1998. By kind permission: copyright-Alastair Eales 


  • 1998 Winchester School of Art, B.A.( hons.) Fine art- Painting

Awards and Grants

  • Workweek prize 2013- shortlist, five years gallery, Artlicks weekend, 2013
  • TASTY MODERN 2013, Selected for Whitechapel Gallery’s First Thursdays Top 5 Exhibitions
  • Bursary award, Arts Council London
  • Exhibition award#3, Arts & Business South East
  • Professional development award, Princes Trust
  • Exhibition award#2, Arts & Business South East
  • Exhibition award#1, Arts & Business South East
  • Mentoring grant, Arts Council England South East
  • Exhibition award, Decibel South East, Arts Council England
  • Professional development award, Arts & Business South East
  • Exhibition grant, South East Arts, Arts Council England
Selected artist for the Florence Biennale

Professional development

  • EAST professional development, funded by Arts Council London
  • Mentoring programme, funded by Arts Council England
  • Creative Routes ( Palmer-Hamilton partnership), part funded by European Social Fund
  • Artist – consultant on Arts Strategy, South East Arts, Arts Council England
  • Consultation report, Arts Council England National Office
  • Development Forum member, Arts & Business South East Arts Member, Arts & Business South


Online Reviews and Press

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