Retrospective exhibition marks 60 years of art for Ho Kah Leong

22 June - 09 July 2017
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655

Making Art Life: Ho Kah Leong 60 years and beyond

22 June to 9 July 2017
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2
NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655
11am - 7pm
Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays
Free Admission

Exhibition Opening
Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 6.00pm
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2

Guest of Honour:
Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam
President of the Republic of Singapore

The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is proud to present “Making Art Life: Ho Kah Leong 60 years and beyond”, a retrospective exhibition by esteemed artist and former NAFA Principal Ho Kah Leong. Held in conjunction with the artist’s 80th birthday, this exhibition features a wide range of Ho’s signature works created over the past 60 years.

Born in 1937, Ho is a prominent and well-respected figure in Singapore’s arts circle. He received artistic training at NAFA in 1955, where he acquired valuable exposure to the artistic climate during that time. After graduating from Nanyang University in 1963, he pursued a career in teaching for several years before entering politics in 1966. During his years of service as a political leader, he served as a Member of Parliament, and was also an office holder as both Parliamentary Secretary and Senior Parliamentary Secretary in several ministries.

After retiring from politics in 1997, Ho became the sixth Principal of NAFA, a position that he held until 2003. Throughout his career, Ho continued to pursue his artistic practice. As an artist, he favours painting en plein air, a technique practiced out of doors that aims to capture the luminous effects of natural light and the prevailing atmosphere. His works are often inspired by diverse aspects of life, culture and landscapes, in Singapore and around the world.

Consistent and prolific in his artistic practice, Ho has created works in various mediums including woodcuts, oil and acrylic paintings and calligraphy. Close to 60 of these works are featured in this exhibition, providing visitors with valuable insight into his inspirational journey through his development as an artist and his undying passion for the arts.

Annex 1 - Selected works and details


Ho Kah Leong

疾风知劲草, Chinese ink on rice paper, 68.5cm x 45.5cm, 2016

Ho Kah Leong

On the Way to Evening Class, Woodcut print, 24.5cm x 14.5cm, 1958

Ho Kah Leong

Pulau Ubin Beach, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 50cm x 60cm, 1995

Ho Kah Leong

Jaisalmer Fort, Pen sketch on paper, 30cm x 40cm, 2014

Ho Kah Leong

Malay House in Pulau Ubin I, Acrylic on canvas, 61cm x 91cm, 2016