I’m in a group show with the fabulous AWOL. I’ll have new prints in the show along with 30+ artists. Join me on September 14!
For over a year, I’ve been working on a series of monoprints for my personal narrative project based on photos from my childhood taken by my father. I begin with the monotype layer on washi. Later on I’ll print the lithography layer on top of this. Each impression will have an edition of 8 prints. That means I paint a monotype layer and print it 8-10 times (need room for errors). With each monotype impression, I look at the photograph for imagery guidance. Though it may seem like a paint-by-number process, it’s actually a long and laboured process as I look at the photograph critically each time and paint each monotype layer with varying colours and brushworks. I’m using Hosokawa Student paper and it prints beautifully.
Below: Printing at Open Studio with the prints on the drying rack. Click the image to see the second image.
The Open Studio Shop is carrying my unique prints. Along with buying my works through my website, you can also buy my prints at Open Studio, in their 401 Richmond or online. Go to the shop site to see what’s available.
I had a really delightful weekend at the Art Gallery of Burlington sharing my monotype techniques with some of the Burlington Fine Arts Association members on April 27 & 28. Two full days of paint-and-printing fun. Here are some pics (click for slideshow) from my demonstration taken by BFAA member and workshop participant, Vanessa Cress Lokos. Everybody created some fantastic monotypes considering it’s their first time. Thanks for inviting me Burlington Fine Arts Association!
All photos of demos courtesy of Vanessa Cress Lokos, 2019. Click on image for slideshow.
Wishing everybody a happy Year-of-the-Pig! Gong Hay Fat Choy! I created these prints in 2010 based on objects my mother gave me. For more info.
Image: Year-of-the-Pig Candy Dish, Year-of-the-Pig Candy Dish (Yellow-Gold), 2010, lithographs on Kiraku Kozo paper, AP and edition of 3, 81 x 62 cm. Photo by Thomas Blanchard.
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My friend, Amita Sen Gupta, invited me to a studio art sale in Parkdale. Join us on Saturday, December 15, 12-5 PM at 201 Cowan Ave., Toronto (St. Marks Church). I’m selling my small fine art prints at special show prices, and newly monotype printed unique notecards. Other artists will have paintings, jewellery and handmade clothes for sale. Come on by for an afternoon of festive fun and support local artists this holiday season!
Images of new works on paper, details of Rooftop View #2, 2018, Monotype on washi, 9.75" x 8" paper size; Composition with Cherry Blossoms, 2018, monotype with Chiyogami chine collé on washi, 10.5" x 8.5" paper size; Untitled (pink & teal), 2018, monotype on washi, 5" x 5.25" paper size. All by Astrid Ho.
To follow-up on this washi-filled event you can view my Instagram posts.
Join me and over 17 artists at the Japanese Paper Place on Saturday, November 17, 11 am - 5 pm, for a show and sale of creative works on washi. I’ll have new small prints on washi for sale, along with almost everything I’ve printed on these beautiful papers. I’m holed up in my studio preparing for this. I hope you can make it!
Image of Artwork: Rooftop View 1 by Astrid Ho, 2018, monotype on washi, 8” x 6” image and paper size.
I’m in a group exhibition curated by Tracey Capes in the downtown Toronto office at Capital One with other fantastic artists from Open Studio. I helped her organize it (my last off-site exhibition as an Open Studio staff member), and I usually don’t want to be in shows that I organize, but Tracey wanted to include me and I felt honoured that she did. Below are pics of the reception for the exhibition, and it celebrates women artists who work with abstract imagery. Plus I saw the works I sold to Capital One through Tracey Capes when I worked at Open Studio, in the winter 2018. The show runs to October 2018 and I think it’s only visible by appointment as the show is in their office. If you’re interested in any of the works contact Open Studio up to the end of the show. Really great to be a part of this. Thank you Tracey for including me!
Photos of: Artist, Astrid Ho and curator, Tracey Capes in front of Astrid’s work (left) and work by Susan Cunningham; View from Birmingham Library (UK) #4; View from Birmingham Library (UK) #3'; installation view of exhibition with work by (right to left) Carlina Chen, Irina Schestakowich, Loree Ovens, Laura Bydlowska, Libby Hague and Yael Brotman; other perspective of installation with works by Yael Brotman and other artists; another installation view with works by (left to right) Carlina Chen, Ann Unger, Lorna Livey, Isabelle Hémard and others; Ann Unger and her Library Book Pockets series purchased by Capital One, 2018 (one set of the many works purchased by them).
It was energizing printing some of my latest prints at Laine Groenewg’s Smokestacks Studio in Hamilton, ON. You have a fantastic studio, Laine! Thank you for hosting me!
Here’s another Saturday of printing. This etching is of an allium and is for the International Print Exchamge. A bunch of us printmakers from Open Studio are contributing. It’s been awhile since I’ve done an etching but it’s like riding a bicycle.
Happy Lunar New Year! This year is an auspicious year for me as I celebrate dog year, my year. Here’s a pic taken by my friend Thomas Blanchard of my print installation In the Eleventh Cycle . This work was based on a pair of plastic gold dogs my mother gave me years ago, and I considered how traditions are now meditated in these kitschy items. At the same time these are the traditions I know and are passed down to me. I hope you celebrate today with family, good friends and lots of food. Kunghei fatchoy!
I know we’re past the first day of snow. I’m posting this work from early 2000 and the sled is from my childhood, the first time I saw snow. It’s for sale: “First Snow”, 2005, etching, chine collé, threads and acrylic on canvas, 12”x12”, $150 CAD.
I remember when we lived in Crescent Town we would slide down the hill at our school before our grandmother picked us up after school. She didn’t like that and we were eventually forbidden to do this. We still did it in secret.
I'm on this fantastic board at CPAMO, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario. We just launched a fundraising video, and I have a role in it. Have a look by going to this link. Open Studio also plays an important role in this video. Yes that's me in Open Studio's lithography area. Spot the art and all the artists are credited. Also please donate to CPAMO's fundraiser, whatever you can donate. There are some pretty great prizes for various support levels and funds raised go to our ongoing commitment and support to discuss and showcase works of art by Indigneous, racialized and historically marginalized artists.
Image: Still from CPAMO video by Jessica Thalmann and John Du, 2017.
The unique prints I submitted for Open Studio’s Artist Proof Sale. Want to know what they are? You’ll have to attend the event or go to the show which opens in Nov. 30 and ends on Dec. 22., 2017.
In case you didn't know, I have a show opening on Thursday, February 16, 6:30-8:30, at Open Studio George Gilmour Members' Gallery. It's on until March 18. I hope you can come by and check-out the show. I'll exhibit monotypes on paper and a painting based on the interiors and exteriors of architecture. A couple of promotions on Open Studio's Facebook and Akimbo e-blast.
Image: Construct #3, 2016, monotype on paper, 10.5" x 8.25" paper.
2017 for me, means a lot of things happening and the first two months are busy. In January, I'm demonstrating Akua Inks for Speedball at Aboveground Art Supplies in the Beach area on the 13th, 3-5 PM. The show I organized in the Print Sales Gallery at Open Studio opens also on the 13th, 6:30-8:30 PM and is part of TODO2017. Then I'm doing a talk on the 21st on Enhance Your Interiors with Original Fine Art Prints. Then in the afternoon of the same day, I'm on a panel at the Feminist Art Conference as a board member of CPAMO at OCAD University, 3:45-4:30 PM.
At the moment I'm working on my exhibition Points of Abstraction which opens on February 16, 6:30 - 8:30 PM. For some reason I have two days in which I have two events happening on the same day. Building up the energy to do it all!
The 2017 Pantone colour of the year is Greenery (Pantone 15-0343). My work has a lot of this colour including my prints at the Open Studio Artist Proof Sale and of course my prints on my website. Get your year started early and get your "greenery" print.
Image: Arriving in Vancouver (over Alberta), 13-08-18, 4:31 PM (#2), Astrid Ho, 2013, monotype, 17.5" x 17" paper size, $350 CAD.
I've packaged this work with four other prints on paper. Visit and shop at the Edition Toronto 2016 located in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Oct. 28-31, 2016.
I donated this work to Open Studio not too long ago for Editions or 100 Prints (can't remember when I donated it). Although it didn't get selected at the event, it's now resurfaced to this group show entitled Summer Salon. The interns working with us this summer co-curated it. I had no influence on their choices. It's lovely that they chose it. Come by and see the show from Aug. 5 -19, 2016 with an opening reception on Aug.6, 2-4 PM. See more.
This is my monotype plate with Akua inks pre-printing. I may have to start painting on mylar as an added substrate. I like how the colours are so vibrant on the mylar.