HO KHAY BENG
b. Penang, 1933 – 1986
FISHING BOATS, 1980
Signed and dated 'BENG '80' lower left
Oil on canvas
40cm x 30cm
Private collection, Penang.
ESTIMATE RM 5,000 - 8,000
PRICE REALISED RM 6,050
This piece is a radiant rendition of fishing boats stationed on the shore of a beach. The multi-layered colour and texture of the water bring forth the depth as well as movement of the sea. Ho Khay Beng is known for his simplicity in depicting landscapes through his signature style of layering and texture as well as spontaneous brushstrokes to bring out the character of the subject depicted.
The sunset lit shore gives the impression that it is perhaps the time of day when the fishermen have hung their fishing nets up after a long day of hard work in the ocean, now resting in their stilt houses in the company of their families. Though devoid of any figures, the artist uses the power of absence to paint a picture of the life of a fisherman, narrating moments before and after the activity of fishing.
A graduate of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore in 1959, Ho Khay Beng embarked on a journey to Italy to further his art education at the Rome Academy of Fine Arts in 1968. His solo shows were held at numerous galleries which include Chin Kang Association, Penang (1965), Galleria Guilla Flavia, Rome (1966), Galleria Michelangelo, Rome (1967) and Galleria D'arte I Volshi, Rome (1967). He had also participated in a number of group exhibitions such as at the Singapore Local Artists Exhibitions and Nanyang Academy 20th Anniversary Exhibitions (1957-1958), the Penang Art Society annual exhibitions (1959 to 1984) and the National Art Gallery annual invitational exhibitions (1959 to1965). In 1962, he participated in the Malaysian Art Exhibition touring India and the following year he was invited to exhibit at the Roman Art Gallery. His works had been displayed worldwide in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, India, Spain, Switzerland, France, Italy and the United States. Ho Khay Beng was awarded six gold and silver medals at National and International Art competitions in Italy between 1965 and 1968. He was the Vice-President of Penang Art Society between 1970 and 1975, and also a member of the Nanyang Academy Association of Malaysia and the Nanyang Academy Alumni Association of Singapore.