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Artist Name

Ho Seok Kee

Born: 1963

Hometown: Singapore

Based in: Singapore

Ho Seok Kee is a Singaporean interdisciplinary artist. During her diploma studies at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), she was under the tutelage of two renowned local artists, Wee Beng Chong and Tan Kee Sek. These two ink masters played an important role in deepening her interests in Chinese ink. Wee, known as one of the most versatile artists in Singapore, was also the first Cultural Medallion recipient in 1979. Tan is a renowned calligrapher cum ink painter.

Kee graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art (Distinction) from NAFA in 2016 and was one of the two valedictorians for her graduating cohort. She is a recipient of the NAFA Entry Scholarship (Degree) in 2017. In 2018, she graduated with Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Fine Art at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts/University of Loughborough (UK). In 2018, she won the Killiney Art Prize Top Achiever award for her graduating artwork at degree level. In the same year, she also won the Silver award for the 37th UOB Painting of the Year competition.

Her key practices involve research about her living environment, science and technology innovations. Kee sees her artistic journey an evolution to the continuing investigation of traditional Chinese ink painting as there is no stopping to new exploration in art making. Her current research about the materiality of the Three Perfections of traditional Chinese ink painting in Singapore’s context has been the driving force for her latest contemporary creations. She works predominantly in ink. The precision and meticulous process involved in the execution of each ink painting are transcendental in its own form. “There is no turning back when ink meets the rice paper.”

 



More About Ho Seok Kee

Question IconWhat inspires you?

Nature and the environment.

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

Using computer software to distort pictures related to Artificial Intelligence buzzwords and transformed them into my rice series of works.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

Contemporary, reinterpretation, transformation

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

Mifu, Zhao Mengfu, Qiu Shihua

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

Small paint brushes

Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Don't give up!

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

Walks in parks.


Credentials

Education

NAFA-University of Loughborough

Singapore, 2018

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

Singapore, 2016

Awards

UOB Painting of the Year - Silver Award

2018

Killiney Art Prize Top Achiever Award (Degree)

2018

Exhibitions

Tending Tenderness

Singapore, 2021

Siaw Tao Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy & Painting Society - 50th Anniversary Exhibition

Singapore, 2020

Decode

Singapore, 2020

今日中国美术高峰论坛暨展览 – Chinese Art Today Art Forum and Exhibition

China, 2019

Roots and Riches

Singapore, 2019

S.E.A. Focus

Singapore, 2019

Explorations

Singapore, 2019

Prism

Singapore, 2019

Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy & Painting Society - 49th Anniversary Exhibition

Singapore, 2019

Perceptions (感知)

Singapore, 2018

UOB Painting of The Year

Singapore, 2018

The Grad Expectation

Singapore, 2018

Take A Moment

Singapore, 2018

Ink and Mind

Singapore, 2017

Nine Feet+

Singapore, 2016

NAFA Alumni Show

Singapore, 2016

The Connoisseur Concerto (TCC) – Savour The Arts

Singapore, 2016

The Grad Expectation

Singapore, 2016

Innovati50n Reconstructed @ ArtScience Museum

Singapore, 2015

Silent Actors – Puppets of Myanmar and Vietnam

Singapore, 2015

Innovati50n 2015

Singapore, 2015

Hui Chun 2015

Singapore, 2015