People often ask what 3812 means? The name was born in 2010 in the French Alps of Chamonix when founders Calvin Hui and Mark Peaker joined friends to ski the infamous La Vallée Blanche offpiste run. La Vallée Blanche route starts atop the Aiguille du Midi where the treacherous 'arête' ridge (3,812m) must be navigated. The descent that day, under the clear blue skies and towering peaks of Mont Blanc, as we carved our turns in the white powder of La Mer de Glace inspired our passion and imagination. From this inspiration and in homage to the challenges overcome, our name was decided and 3812 Gallery was born.
Established in Hong Kong in 2011, 3812 Gallery is recognised as the city's foremost gallery dealing in Chinese contemporary art. Launching 3812 Gallery firmly onto the international stage, in 2018 we opened the new flagship space, 3812 Gallery London, in the exclusive St James's arts district.
3812 Gallery is dedicated to fostering cultural understanding of Chinese contemporary art with "Eastern Origin and Contemporary Expression". We strive for establishing international dialogue and exchanges by uniting artists, academics, collectors and the general public through our thoughtfully curated art programme. We believe that this sharing of cultural identity is essential in the understanding and appreciation of Chinese contemporary art.
Mr. Calvin Hui
Co-founder and Chairman
Calvin Hui is an acclaimed cultural entrepreneur, art advisor, collector and curator based in Hong Kong. Recognised as one of the leading figures in the local art scene, he has been active in promoting modern and contemporary Chinese art over the years, with a focus on promoting ink art.
Hui’s art business has been expanding rapidly and internationally in recent years: he founded 3812 Galleries in Hong Kong in 2011 and expanded to London in 2018; appointed as the Co-Chairman and Director of FINE ART ASIA from 2011 to 2017 and was the Founder and Director of INK ASIA from 2015 to 2017. Hui was also being appointed by Ms. Pansy Ho, Co-chairperson of MGM China Holding as the art consultant and curator for building the Chairman’s Collection for the MGM Cotai project, which aims to enrich the MGM Cotai Art Collection. In 2018, Hui announced the establishment of INK NOW, the world’s first cultural brand specialising in the promotion of contemporary ink art and had organised the first INK NOW Art Expo in January 2019 in Taipei, which was awarded “The Twelfth Taiwan Interior Design Award - The TID Award of Public Space”. In November 2019, Hui launched INK NOW Shanghai collaborating with Suning Art Museum to co-present Inquiry on Water exhibition and the first international ink art symposium. Following the notion “Eastern Origin in Contemporary Expression”, he aspires to raise international attention to Chinese ink art by grounding it in academic research and market insights.
In 2013, Calvin, together with cultural entrepreneur Adrian Cheng, co-founded various not-for-profit initiatives such as Arts in Heritage Research (AHR) and SKETCH HONG KONG which aims to cultivate sustainable growth and wider awareness of Hong Kong’s arts and heritage in a regional and global context.
Mr. Mark PeakerCo-founder and CEO
Since retiring from a diversified international career in finance in 2001, Mark co-founded 3812 Gallery with Calvin Hui, one of the leading contemporary galleries in Hong Kong. Mark is the Chairman of Shakespeare 4 All, an NGO focused on using theatre for the benefit of children's education and development. In addition, Mark was a past Vice-Chairman of fundraising for the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children, one of Hong Kong's oldest charities. He is also a Founding Member of SKETCH HONG KONG, an NGO created to assist in the development of artistic talent and promotion of preservation of cultural heritage of Hong Kong. His passion for fine wine and dining led him to be a regular fine dining reviewer for Tatler and a part-time thespian, having appeared in various works in Hong Kong. Mark is an avid skier, an unexceptional golfer and a passionate home chef.