Ms Wuon-Gean Ho 何文津女士


Date 14 October 2014 Interviewed by Scarlet Ma 
Language English Audio Edited by Sherri Wong
Venue East London Printmakers    

Wuon-Gean Ho was born and grew up in Oxford with her three siblings. Her parents met in the UK having come from Malaysia and Singapore in the 1960s to study in London. Her mother trained as a nurse and her father trained as a vet. Wuon-Gean still works part time as a vet as well as working on her art.

She graduated in History of Art from Cambridge University, before taking up a Japanese Government Scholarship in 1998 to study traditional woodblock printmaking in Kyoto. She makes prints, artist's books and animations, and works in London.

She has undertaken artist residencies in the UK and abroad, including Caldera Arts Center, Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts and the Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology in the USA; the Bluecoat Arts Centre and Aberystwyth School of Art in the UK, and the castle of Montefiore Conca in Italy. She is studying printmaking at the Royal College of Art (2013-16) and news editor for the UK based magazine Printmaking Today (from 2013).

She is the recipient of awards including the John Purcell Paper prize in 2007; the Printmakers' Council prize in 2009; and the Birgit Skiöld Memorial Trust Award of Excellence in 2010. In 2014 she was awarded first prize in the book competition, Books of Desire, Ravenna, Italy, and the British Institution Award at the Royal Academy Summer show, London. Her work is in the Tate Library and the V&A National Art Library. Public commissions include a series of lunar calendar coins for the UK Royal Mint from 2014-2026.