May I Introduce Quang Ho?

30 Apr 2011

Oil painter Quang Ho at his easel.
Quang Ho at his easel.
Quang Ho: Weekend With the Masters Instructor

Quang Ho was born on April 30, 1963, in Hue, Vietnam. He immigrated to the United States in 1975 and is now a U.S. citizen. His artistic interest began at the early age of 3 and continued through grade school, high school, and art school and led him to a very exciting and successful painting profession. In 1980, at the age of 16, Quang held his first one-man-show at Tomorrows Masters Gallery, in Denver. The exhibition was a smashing success for the high-school sophomore. In 1982, Quang's mother was killed in a tragic car accident, leaving him responsible for raising four younger brothers and a six-year-old sister. That same year, Quang attended the Colorado Institute of Art (CIA) on a National Scholastics Art Awards Scholarship. At the CIA Quang studied painting under Rene Bruhin, whom Quang credits with developing the foundation for his artistic understanding. Quang graduated from CIA in 1985 with the Best Portfolio Award for the graduating class. An art dealer, Mikkel Saks, discovered his talent and promoted him in his gallery, which led to much success. He now teaches at the Denver Art Students League. He plays golf and reads philosophy and religion extensively. He is a great admirer of Andrew Wyeth.

Quang's clients include Adolph Coors Company, Upjohn, Safeway, Colorado Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and others. Quang's illustration work has been featured in the Society of Illustrators "Illustrators Annual" and exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration, in New York City, as well as with Communication Arts' annual illustration competition during those years. Working mostly in oil and occasionally watercolor and pastel, Quang's subject matter ranges from still life, landscapes, and interiors to dancers and the figure. "Subject matter is not really important to me," the artist says. "I can find visual excitement all around me--from a knot on a tree or a graceful limp of a flower wilting, to a juxtaposition of a few simple shapes and colors--inspirational subjects are inexhaustible."           

Regarding his painting style the artist says, "Realism and abstraction--it's all the same to me. The real essence of painting is the dialogue between shapes, tones, colors, textures, edges, and line. Everything else follows-including light, form, concepts, personal beliefs, and inspirations. For me, painting is a marriage between the mastery of those basic visual elements, the discoveries and understanding of visual statements (the search for what is true on a personal level artistically), and the trust in one's own intuition and inspiration. Understanding gives rise to higher understanding. Working this way allows me to open the door to new ideas and inspirations. One day I may be interested in a color statement, the next perhaps a relationship of simple shapes, and the next an extremely complex arrangement of texture and edges--with every painting there is a singular visual thought to be completed." Quang is represented by Claggett/Rey Gallery, in Vail, Colorado; Gallery 1261, in Denver; and Jack Meier Gallery, in Houston.

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