Ho Chee Lick


Coming 30 May 1999, Soobin Art Gallery will present 58 beautiful oil paintings on Pulau Ubin by Ho Chee Lick.
Ho Chee Lick, a PhD in Linguistics, is currently an assistant professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore. He is also known as a bilingual (English-Chinese) poet and translator, and a musician (singer and pianist). Not many know that he paints, and paints seriously.

Ho was taught by Chen Wen Hsi and Chen Chong Swee at Chinese High School in the 60s, and later studied under the former in his studio for two years. Since then, art has remained his lifelong passion. When he was in graduate school in the US, a group of painters sponsored a solo exhibition for him on his sketches of student life.

Today he visits Pulau Ubin religiously with his mentor and friend Lim Tze Peng in search of subjects. Each Saturday, equipped with only the most basic of materials, they would spend hours prolifically painting the rural island, which holds for them the last vestige of Singapore's past. Ho sums up his experience of "expressing Ubin" in these words: Houses and boats
Come and go
The sky remains

Rocks and trees
Utter not a word
The sea speaks "People sometimes ask me, seeing the dark colors, as well as the deserted houses and abandoned jetties in my paintings, whether I am depressed. Not at all, I tell them, I am a very happy person. The darkness in my paintings expresses not sadness but the heroism of life."

Ho finds it painful having to replicate the objects out there in Ubin, and prefers to paint from the heart-as he interacts with Ubin freely and spontaneously. The artist is continually seeking changes and breakthroughs in his art, which is evident in this series, completed within a one-year time frame. His earlier works are somber reflections of the subjects; his later works are alive in their own rhythm of life. "Expressing Ubin" ends on 13 June 1999.

Exhibition Venue:
Soobin Art Gallery

Date: 30 May - 13 June 1999

Gallery Hours:
Mon to Sat 11am to 7pm
Sun 11am to 5pm
(Public Holidays by Appointment only)

Tel: 3922066
Fax: 3922366
Website: http://www.sobinart.com.sg

Art Education
1962-67 Student of Chen Wen Hsi and Chen Chong Swee at Hwa Chong, Singapore

1965-67 Student at Chen Wen Hsi Studio, Singapore

1992 Joint Hwa Chong Alumni Art Exhibition, Singapore

1990 Solo Exhibition, Locust Street Gallery, Lawrence, Kansas, USA

1965 Joint Hwa Chong Students Art Exhibition, Singapore

Art Instructor
1989-90 Traditional Chinese Painting, Lawrence Art Centre, Kansas, USA



Organised by NUS Museums, "NUSIAN Art" presents 127 pieces by 89 NUS veteran and budding artists. They include works in oils, watercolour, Chinese ink painting, pottery, porcelain, ceramics, brass, glass, clay, photography as well as in new technology media such as Cyberart, Sonic art and Net art. The exhibition was opened by NUS Deputy President and Provost, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, on 14 August and will run until the end of the year.

Some of the artists' unprofessed pursuits bring an individual touch behind the world of academia. Not a few of the works are a reflection of what they care about.

Senior Lecturer Dr Ho Chee Lick of the English Language & Literature Department speaks volumes in his series of oil paintings called ‘Moving Out – Leaving Behind'. "I choose to paint things that touch me – abandoned houses (which housed the history of the families), back alleys (of shops, where hard labour takes place), old spiral staircases (which seem to be out of use and out of sight), roast ducks (which I love to see 'alive') – and which I think deserve our attention and respect."

Dr Ho, whose works have been exhibited in the U.S. and Singapore, studied in the 1960s under one of Singapore 's foremost pioneer artists, the late Chen Wen Hsi. He used to work with watercolours, Chinese ink painting and oil. In the past eight years, he has concentrated on oil as it gives him "greater expressiveness".





Boat                                                                                                         Door                                                                        Moving out