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About Stephanie HoElaborately orchestrated ensembles are found in Stephanie Ho’s compositions. With a masterly eye for the total concept, the painter finely arranges individual elements, like figures gathered in small groups, and within their totality an outstanding harmony is built. The artist likens her work to music, an art form that takes the pleasant interplay of various singular components to find a
BACKGROUND INFORMATIONElaborately orchestrated ensembles are found in Stephanie Ho’s compositions. With a masterly eye for the total concept, the painter finely arranges individual elements, like figures gathered in small groups, and within their totality an outstanding harmony is built. The artist likens her work to music, an art form that takes the pleasant interplay of various singular components to find a blissful tone. Like notes on sheet music, Stephanie Ho’s figures are melodically arranged in her paintings. While at first glance the surface is seen like an array of widely scattered figures, upon inspection a meticulously orchestrated symphony is revealed.
Ho is a master of silhouettes and movements. By uniquely blending a myriad of figures she stimulates the viewers imagination. In her Frozen Planet series, the fine paintings depict seemingly weightless skiers and wanderers with umbrellas. The brilliantly white surfaces are poised to be filled with marvelous memories of unforgettable ski trips and rainy day strolls, an artistic invitation to remembrance and reverie.
Several cultural influences and traditions are manifested and combined within Stephanie Ho’s body of work. Like the fine strokes of ink painting, an unmistakable feature of hers and a tradition rooted in Japanese and Chinese culture. Her paintings are also reminiscent of the works from English painter L.S. Lowry, who gained recognition in the mid 20th century for his figures before white streets and white skies. Along the lines of “less is more,” Stephanie Ho has taken on Lowry’s concept and continued the tradition of painting groups of people against a white background.
The fusion of Asian and European culture is not only reflected in the artists oeuvre, but also her personal history. The artist was born in Hong Kong and studied in London, where she lives and works today. She completed two postgraduate courses at the City and Guilds of London Art School and the renowned Christies Education, respectively. She received her master’s degree in Museum and Gallery Management at the London City University.
1979 Born in Hong Kong 1998 – 2001 BSc Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science 2001 – 2002 PG Diploma Fine Arts, City & Guilds of London Art School 2002 – 2003 PG Diploma, British Fine & Decorative Arts, Christie’s Education 2004 – 2006 MA Museum and Gallery Management, City University, London Lives and works in London