Prestige | 3812 Gallery’s Calvin Hui on pioneering Chinese painters, ‘After Nature’, and his HK Art Week highlights

The veteran gallerist and connoisseur of contemporary Chinese art speaks to Prestige about upcoming exhibitions, a change in 3812’s business premises, and the galleries he’s looking forward to visiting this week.


As day 1 of Hong Kong’s major for-profit art fairs (namely Art Basel and Art Central) rolls to a close, we take a moment to chat briefly with Calvin Hui — the latest face in our curated series of art month interviews. An avowed expert in contemporary Chinese art (notably in the areas of ink and acrylic painting) Hui is celebrating 10 years this May of 3812, the gallery he co-founded with Mark Peaker that is present in Hong Kong and London.



To commemorate this significant milestone, the duo are presenting a two-part show, which opened earlier this week to a warm reception, until late June 2021. Entitled After Nature, the first chapter of the exhibition furthers 3812 Gallery’s perennial mission of “strengthening the connection between Eastern and Western artists”. Throughout, works by two major abstract artists (one Chinese, one European) have been selected — all presented in shimmery new digs on Wyndham Street. In this Q&A, Hui walks us (literally) through this important new show at 3812 Gallery; and gives his take on a medley of rich subject matter ranging from post-war Chinese art to the state of his industry in a socially distanced age.


By Randy Lai, Contributing Editor