CHINA 2000 FINE ART (177 East 87th Street in Manhattan) takes great pleasure in presenting six recent paintings by An Ho who at 90 is yet discovering novelty in the beauty that surrounds her, painting her vision on silk and paper with ever-steady hands and a freshness that astounds.
An Ho's excellence in Chinese brushwork is used as the foundation to reinvent nature with a sense of perfection ideally achieved. Her translucent visions are derived closely from nature, but set forth with such absolute assurance as to create their own, separate reality. Her minute and patient observation lies behind the visual truthfulness of individual elements. Details are drawn with near-miraculous refinement and a sense of order and clarity prevails in every composition. An Ho's landscapes are her own poetical fantasy, part memory, part dream, and have the quality of a dream that is more perfect than reality. Her scenes achieve nobility by their pure expression of a tranquil understanding of the universe, of the harmony between man and nature. An Ho's painting keeps the sparkle in an artistic tradition threatened by the callousness in the contemporary world and re-establishes our connection to the natural universe from which her genius is derived.