Ho Ho Ying was known for his unique take on Chinese calligraphy and Abstract Expressionist art. During his studies at The Chinese High School, Ho trained under pioneer artists Chen Wen Hsi and Liu Kang, both of whom were influential figures to him. In 1964, together with six other prominent artists, Ho founded the Modern Art Society Singapore to encourage new forms of creative expression in Singapore’s art scene and led the society as the 2nd President from 1966 to 1971. Ho passed away in 2022.
Although the artist explored a plethora of Western art styles during his early years, to him, Abstract Expressionism was most representative of his lively persona. By depicting black, red, yellow and turquoise overlayed on each other in an unrestrained manner, the artist emphasised the vibrant and explosive nature of colours and gave precedence to form. By adding expressive brushstrokes to the canvas, Ho also illuminated the gestural characteristics of Chinese calligraphy. The artist eschewed imposing meaning to his works and instead appealed to the audience to conceive their own interpretations of his art.