Ho Kok Hoe
Oil on wood
120 x 211 cm
Ho Kok Hoe created several artworks with national service as a central theme in response to the introduction of conscription in Singapore in 1967. Conversation depicts three boys in military uniform in a barren landscape, appearing to take a break from their military training.
Born in Singapore, Ho Kok Hoe (1922-2015) was an eminent architect as well as an artist. While studying architecture in Australia from 1948 to 1952, he participated in many exhibitions there and upon his return home; Ho became involved in the local art scene. Ho helped to put Singapore artists on the world stage when he brought works to London for an exhibition in 1955. He served as president of the Singapore Art Society twice (1954- 1967, 1981-1983) and received the Public Service Medal from the President of Singapore in 1983.
Collection of National Gallery Singapore.
Image courtesy of National Heritage Board.