anothermountainman, Heaven On Earth, 2007
Generously donated by the artist
mirage in his eyes
oasis from your angle
for me... it is heaven on earth
anothermountainman (as known as Stanley Wong) is a Hong Kong-born photographer, artist, and designer whose photographs incorporate local visual elements and Buddhist concepts.
Enoch Cheung, Retroactive Interference, 2017
Enoch Cheung is a conceptual artist who works with photography, video and mixed media installation to question our perception of daily life and social issues. Fascinated by the merging of heritage and contemporary architecture at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (ASHK), he had his opportunity in ASHK’s 2017 exhibition Breathing Space: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong. He used long exposure night-time photography to produce panoramic images that delineate all the seams, where old and material converge at the site. By punctuating the restored heritage with laser beams, the artist calls attention to the memories that still remain from colonial historic vestiges.
Chik Kwok Wa, 海內存知己 天涯若比鄰
Translation: A bosom friend afar brings a distant land near
Courtesy of the artist
Chik Kwok Wa, contemporary calligrapher and calligraphy educator, was born in Shandong and grew up in Shanghai. Her work has been collected by the National Museum of China, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the University of Hong Kong Art Museum among others, and has been presented as official gifts by the Hong Kong government organizations.
In her formative years, Chik worked under the tutelage of masters Fei Xinwo and Qian Juntao. Beyond her own creative output, Chik has devoted herself to a new generation of calligraphers for over 30 years. In 2006, she was presented the Outstanding Teacher Award by the School of Professional and Continuing Education of the University of Hong Kong.
Chik’s work has been exhibited in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Calligraphy Exhibition, Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennale, Beijing International Calligraphy Biennale, and Shanghai International Calligraphy Biennale. Her work is on display at landmark locations in Hong Kong including Temple Street and Ngau Chi Wan.
Gu Wenda, Mythos of Lost Dynasties, Series E-6, 1997
Gu Wenda is one of Mainland China’s most influential contemporary artists, known for his practice using traditional ink painting, poetry, calligraphy, and pseudo-characters as well as human body materials to reinterpret ancient Chinese traditions and reflect on globalization issues. As part of his ongoing Mythos of Lost Dynasties series that started in 1983, this painting features a pseudo-Chinese seal script character emerging from a splashed ink landscape. The artist employs pseudo-ideographs in his practice to create an ambiguous familiarity that questions the semantic boundaries and one’s relationship with cultural history.
Hao Liang, Day and Night I and II, 2017-2018
Hao Liang private collection of Pia Miller Getty
Hao Liang is a painter trained in traditional Chinese ink painting, and recognized for his contemporary landscape compositions that weave both Chinese and Western cultural symbolisms. Inspired by Qing dynasty literate Wang Ziruo’s inkstone tablets, these diptychs explore time and perspective,depicting the same fantastical landscape in two versions: one of a colorful day, and the other an intense dark of night. In both, the artist distorts spatial dimensionality and proportions, emphasizing the constant transformation of the sea, land, and sky.
Eddie Kang, Big City Life, 2017
Supported by Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Hong Kong, Festive Korea 2017, Christina Hee-Kyung Kang, Paradigm Art Company, Jung-Yong Lee, Gaga Art Gallery
Eddie Kang is a South Korean artist known for his original, nostalgic characters influenced by the millennial generation’s television and cartoons. Inspired by his urban upbringing in Seoul, he created this sculpture with five of his original characters – Storyteller the Clown, Cabbit, Bubble Bearcup, Rag Doll and Goblin the Robot – to reflect a spectrum of emotions in city life that resonate with Hong Kong. The artist uses a cartoonish aesthetic to recall the joy and simplicity of childhood in the hopes of sharing optimism against the unrelenting change of a modern city.
Courtesy of William Lim
Courtesy of Enders Wong
Courtesy of Carol Lee
A Boat that Soars in the Sky, 2021
Courtesy of Carol Lee
Ogata Kamio (1949 – 2022)
Ogata Kamio is a self-taught Japanese artist from a remote island of Hokkaidô who chose to specialise in an extremely difficult art technique – neriage / marbleized clay (an assemblage of hundreds of coloured clay layers being thrown into vessels with striated patterns). In these four artworks, multiple layers of blues, whites and greys overlap with the pleated carved surface, creating an illusion of movement resembling the surface of rippling water. As Ogata said, “ I wanted to create a river in my works. In the process of making it, I also noticed an optical illusion.”, the rhythmic yet elegant outlook of each work present a unique optical sensibility highlighting his unrivalled and refined mastery of neriage ware.
Zeng Fanzhi, Sky, 2005
Courtesy of the artist and The Fanzhi Foundation for Art and Education
Zeng Fanzhi retains a sense of contingency in his paintings, creating visual imageries and opening up uncertainties of interpretations, which depict his unique expression towards the empirical world. This dynamic and sporadic spirituality is rooted in the artist's painting method and process. He boldly experiments with new forms of painting to continue his exploration of the relationship between colors and lines in expression.
Wesley Tongson, Untitled, 1985
Courtesy of Mrs. Ruth Hui Chung S.K. and Mr. Emmanuel Hui
Hong Kong artist Wesley Tongson (1957 – 2012) was enchanted with ink at an early age. Engaged with it as his principle medium, he continually sought to explore its many methods and effects, dedicated to finding and expressing his own, authentic voice. Trained in traditional ink painting, Tongson began to explore and teach himself splash ink painting, a technique that relies on the chance interplay of water and ink on rice paper.