About artist Marina Kim

Marina is descended from Korean families who settled in the Far East of Russia. During Stalin’s time, they were forcibly transported to Central Asia, where Marina spent her early life.

A graduate of the prestigious Republican Art College in Uzbekistan, Marina opened her own gallery in Tashkent before moving to London. In 2001 she held her first major exhibition Beyond the Great Silk Road, at the Arndean Gallery in Mayfair. Soon after, she and her husband Tim Roche moved to Rye where they opened the Roche Gallery, which celebrated its twentieth year in 2022.

Marina works in most traditional media, applying herself with equal facility to oils, acrylics, watercolour, tempera, pencil, and ink. She also makes prints using a variety of techniques - drypoint, etching, aquatint - and specialises in mezzotints, of which there are many examples in the gallery.

However, it is portraiture that allows Marina to bring together all the strands of her artistic knowledge and experience. This genre utilises all her skills, as well as her insights and knowledge of human experience. She has completed numerous portrait commissions in recent years in a wide range of styles and media: formal paintings in oils and acrylics; informal oil, watercolour and pencil sketches – especially of infants and young children; monotypes in “pop art” style.

Artist's CV

Born in Syr Daria, Uzbekistan

Graduated from the Republican Art College, Tashkent

Exhibition of ethnic Korean artists at Uzbekistan Academy of Art

Beyond the Great Silk Road: People and Legends, Arndean Gallery, London
Royal West of England Academy Summer Show, Bristol

Representation – Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston

Chomé Gallery, Bath

Lloyds TSB Investors – Belmont House

Bath Fine Art
Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries, London

In Your Face - Blackheath Gallery
1st Battle Contemporary Fine Art Fair
Rye Society of Artists
Saffron Gallery, Battle

Figuratively Speaking – Blackheath Gallery
Spring Show - Blackheath Gallery
Rye Society of Artists
2nd Battle Contemp. Fine Art Fair – Winner, Best Original Print Award
Christmas Show – Blackheath Gallery
Northcote Gallery, Battersea

Print 2012 – Blackheath Gallery
PURE Books - A chapter in the book "What's The Story?" - Artists talking about original printmaking

New Year 2013 – Blackheath Gallery

Portrait of Elaine Robertson – added to Rye Art Gallery Permanent Collection

Artist in Residence for Rye Arts Festival

New York Satellite Print Fair - Winter

New York Satellite Print Fair 2021 - Spring and Summer
West Coast Print Fair, Portland, Oregon
WorldWide Prints Project - selected artist
International Print Centre New York - New Prints 2021/Summer - Headline image; Recipient of a Coursework Award
Centre for Contemporary Printmaking - 13th Biennial International Miniature Print
41st Mini Print International of Cadaqués
FBA "Figurative Art Now"
RA Summer Exhibition 2021
RE International Original Print Exhibition 2021
New York Satellite Print Fair 2021 - Autumn
The Tub Hackney Print Fair
Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2021
East London Printmakers Annual Festival of Prints 2021

42nd Mini Print International of Cadaqués, 2022
“Exquisite Corpse” group show at Jill Krutick Fine Art Gallery, Mamaroneck, NY
Retrospective exhibition of portraits “A Portrait of Rye” at ROCHE Gallery, Rye