2018 UOB Painting of the Year


Established Artist Category


Artist: Ho Seok Kee
Title: Ingrain 2.0
Medium: Ink on rice paper
Size (cm): 40 x 125

Ingrain 2.0 is a painting inspired by the famous Chinese painter and calligrapher, Mi Fu, from the Song dynasty.

Using the technique of ‘rice dotting’ strokes common in Chinese landscape painting to create texture similar to rice grains, the artist attempts to work towards a new, modern expression within the conventions of a traditional Chinese painting. Ingrain 2.0 echoes Western painting theories of abstraction and reduction as well as Taoist concepts of repetition and emptiness, exploring the idea of ‘being’ and ‘non-being’. The result is the artist’s navigation and reconciliation of white space and nothingness, creating an ambiguous optical illusion for the viewer.

Artist’s Bio

Ho Seok Kee

Ho Seok Kee

Ms Ho graduated as a valedictorian from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore with a Diploma in Fine Art in 2016, and she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Loughborough, UK in 2018 where she was also the recipient of the Best Graduate Award in the programme.