“Exotic Landscape” is the sixth solo exhibition of artworks by Dr Ho Kah Leong curated by Tembusu Art Gallery. This year’s theme is a travelogue, for Dr Ho has decided to focus on the years during which he travelled around the world and captured the emotions he felt during his travels. The exhibition will include 23 masterpieces, accomplished between 2001 and 2015.
The experience of being in a foreign country, as well as getting to know the locals of that community, was a crucial catalyst to the production and formation of Dr Ho’s new expressions and views of the world. The feelings and thoughts, which the particular country “showed” him, were embedded and manifested into each painting – only made possible by this cross-cultural experience.
For this exhibition, the artist had gone to countries as far as London (England) and as close as our neighbouring country Pengarang (Malaysia). His paintings depict a wide range of subjects and scenes such as the rustic Malay kampongs, the bustling cities in China and the beautiful blue lights of the London night. He has also gone to Bali, Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia, Taiwan, Nepal, India, etc. to paint. Wherever he went, he created brilliant works of art with his technical mastery of acrylic and oils.
These thematic masterpieces are the cultural legacies that Dr Ho created for a multitude of collections. The National Art Gallery Singapore, local and overseas museums, government and private organisations, banks, temples and private collectors have amassed many of Dr Ho’s works over the years. This affirms Dr Ho’s extraordinary accomplishments.
Moreover, in all these paintings, one can see Dr Ho’s passion and love for working en plein air, while paying great attention to his brush strokes and expressions.
Arthur Lim, Director of Tembusu Art Gallery adds, “We hope to bring art lovers and collectors closer to Dr Ho Kah Leong, so that they can understand and appreciate his unique style, innovation and daring attitude of exploring new boundaries. Once again, we have to say that his brilliant art pieces are testimonials of his persistence for en plein air oil painting.”
Exhibition: Exotic Landscape
Dates: 16 – 20 October 2015
Venue: The Art Space @ Suntec, Suntec City Mall Tower 1, 3 Temasek Boulevard #01-448, Singapore 038983
Hours: 11am – 8pm
Opening: 17 October 2015, 3pm – 5.30pm
Guest of Honour: Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Communications and Information