Orlando Ho has always had art in his life. The entrepreneur behind acclaimed mobile gaming app Age of Quantum: Revolution coming, and the son of tycoon Stanley Ho, 25-year-old Orlando was raised in an art-loving family and is now cultivating his own tastes in art and building his personal collection.
“Visiting art galleries has always been one of my favourite ways to relax, especially when I was studying in the US,” says Ho. In terms of his own collection, he adds; “I’m just a beginner. I’m influenced by the vivid use of colours, the strong expressionism of Japanese art, and many contemporary Japanese and Chinese works.”
Ho says he chooses works for his collection both for their aesthetic qualities and for their potential investment value and while the former is a matter purely of his own taste, a professional team is on hand to help him to better evaluate the latter.
“My collection is based on what I love,” he explains. “Art is unlike other investments: it must be able to speak to you, touch your soul, inspire you and make you happy. But I also discuss acquisitions with my team as they’ve undertaken extensive research and understand the artist’s background, experience and track record. It helps to understand more about the artist and their work, which is important if you want to avoid getting fooled by the price tag.
“If I encounter anything that’s appealing to me, I’ll ask my team to evaluate if it’s the best timing to purchase it. That’s what investment is all about: when to buy and when to sell. How much information you have is very important and who your secret adviser is behind the scenes.”
Ho gave these views during the launch of an exhibition that showcases two of the brightest stars of Chinese contemporary art. It features both the bold, uninhibited, fluid lines of Ann Niu along with the playful, conceptually complex compositions of Qiu Sheng Xian. Presented by art-investment consultancy Art Futures Group, the exhibition runs until April 9 and is located on the first and second floors of the Water Zone at Elements shopping mall in Kowloon.