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La Kopi with Ho Sou Ping

While still in isolation (We can't wait to meet you again!), we are pleased to introduce La Kopi – a sit-back-and-relax series of interviews where we catch up with artists digitally and shamelessly invite them to share in-progress snapshots of themselves at work, at home – over their favourite local beverage of choice, no less.

When we first approached Ho Sou Ping to shed some light on his creative practice during the circuit breaker period, we certainly didn't expect him to come back to us swiftly in a matter of days. True to his nature, the artist gamely recorded his painting process in the form of videos - a grand total of 32 of them - helpfully breaking down the crucial steps to seeing a painting through from start to finish. Talk about having dedication to your craft!

Maybe years later when I look back, this will be an interesting memory.

As a full-time gallerist, the competitiveness that is often expected of the trade sometimes affords him very little time for painting. This period has proven to be a good time for Sou Ping to get into the momentum of sketching and filling up blank canvases with his art. This is especially the case as being a plein-air artist who chooses to paint in the oil medium, one might be prone to make multiple visits to the place where the subject matter is situated in order to get the final composition right.  

At Ann Siang Road making on-site observations.

(Photos were taken by artist in compliance with the imposed safe distancing measures)

An initial sketch, or mock-up of the painting's composition

As we learn from the videos, the time and effort taken to realise an artwork is truly a humbling experience. This is captured in delineated chapters that discuss his choosing of a composition to work with, preparation for a canvas, incorporating of paintbrush and palette knife techniques, and other painting considerations. Watch Ho Sou Ping bring a painting to life here.

The finished painting: Ann Siang Hill, 2020, Oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm


For good measure, here are two other recently completed paintings done by the artist:

Suzhou Water Village, 2020, Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm

Heavenly Connections, 2020, Oil on canvas, 59 x 50 cm


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