Learning from the art pioneers

Learning from the art pioneers
Cultural Medallion recipient Ho Ho Ying’s first solo show in over a decade will feature both early sketches as well as works in Chinese ink, acrylic and oil.

When artist and art critic Ho Ho Ying was a student at The Chinese High School, he had the privilege of learning from the best.

"Four pioneer artists were teachers in the school: Liu Kang, Chen Wen Hsi, Cheong Soo Pieng and Chen Chong Swee," recalls Ho, 79.

"Liu Kang taught me the basics of the Western style and how to draw objects and scenery very realistically. Chen Wen Hsi taught me how to use colour, and how to use my own imagination to draw an object. Their teaching methods were very different and I was influenced by both of them."

Their guidance led him to develop his own unconventional approach to art, which is on display at a solo exhibition at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Ho Ho Ying - Present features more than 80 pieces of artwork from the 1950s, when Ho was still in secondary school, right up to 2011. The exhibition, his seventh solo show, is to commemorate him receiving the Cultural Medallion in 2012.

Ms Bridget Tracy Tan, director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Arts and Art Galleries and curator of the show, says that she tried to select works from different milestones in Ho's career.

She says: "The exhibition contains more works than we ordinarily would have. But in this case, it's not a question of squeezing things in without thought. It was installed to provide a visual texture and means of graphic intensity."

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