Sparrows on the Old Wood by Ben Ho $4,600 framed Status: Available
We are pleased to invite you to meet Ben Ho and Mary Mai at the opening reception for ‘Finding A Juncture’
Venue: Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Art, 20 Brandon Street, Wellington
Date: Thursday 17th October 5-7 pm
or phone 04 4996356
“Ben’s ability to paint in oil and watercolour, impressionist or realist, with the same depth of quality and skill is remarkable. Where artists are often gifted or acclaimed in a singular subject, Ben’s art covers landscapes, wildlife, nudes, and still life, all rendered with equal skill and exquisite outcomes. Ben’s art has traditionally been faithful to the old arts. In recent times, however, he has reached out to the contemporary abstract realm; fusing his experiments with traditional art conventions.
Ben was born in Canton, China. Study art since he was 7 years old. After high school, he studied at the Canton Fine Art School. He immigrated to New Zealand in 1988 and settled in Auckland for twenty years. He is now living in Queenstown with his wife Mary Mai and their son since 2008.
Since 1991, Ben has exhibited his art widely throughout New Zealand. He has won numerous Art Awards including the Otago Regional Award, KG Frazer Award and the Gold Medal Award at the Royal Easter Show. He has also been featured internationally; being one of Five artists that represented New Zealand Art at the ‘Worldwide Millennium Painting Competition’ in London, England. He has also been featured article in some Australia popular art magazines and given tutorials at the Mitchell School Of Arts (Charles Sturt University) NSW in Australia.
Ben has been giving tutorial both watercolours and oil thought out NZ and judged several art competitions across NZ. His most recent exhibition, ‘Surrounding Visions’, was in the New Zealand The National Portrait Gallery, Wellington.”
Born in Guangzhou 1964, Mary at the age of 14, was encouraged to pursue a career in fine art.
Mary has won several New Zealand fine art awards, including the professional category at the Royal Easter Shows in 1995 and 1996.
The drama and movement of the brushwork compliments the beautiful light that Mary always achieves in her paintings, Mary’s paintings are the result of the many emotions felt while observing, the excitement and energy of the colours and the unsettling ever-changing landscape capturing the spirit of the place.