Ho, Kai Yim
(from left to right)
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 120cm
Born in 1940, Clint Ho has worked in the construction sector for more than 30 years during which he continued to study art theories and subsequently enrolled in The Open University of Hong Kong in his 50s. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Arts in Chinese Humanities in 2007 and a High Diploma from Hong Kong Art School in 2014. In 2017, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts from The Royal Melbourne Polytechnic University and at the age of 70 attended a two-year Master’s Degree in Fine Arts programme there.
For many years I had worked at construction sites and witnessed struts being erected to ensure project efficiency and safety and subsequently demolished and discarded at projects’ end. I have developed such deep feelings about this phenomenon that I wish to display these images in an expressive manner. My intention is to simplify and flatten different viewing angles and spaces, using geometric forms with natural tones to portray the struts against a background of modern and popular colours. The deliberate contrast investigates the relationship between the sacrifices needed for social development in modern societies.