Wong Stanley (anothermountainman)

1960, Hong Kong

Introduction

Stanley Wong, also known as "anothermountainman," is a Hong Kong artist, photographer and designer best known for his Red White Blue series, a series of artworks based on the shopping bags commonly used in Hong Kong and presented at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005.

Wong graduated from the Hong Kong Technical Teachers’ College Department of Design and Technology in 1980. After five years as a graphic designer, Wong began a fifteen-year career in the advertising industry, holding several prestigious posts across Asia and receiving acclaim for his advertising campaign for the Hong Kong MTR. During this time Wong adopted the pseudonym "anothermountainman" as a tribute to the 17th-century Chinese artist Bada Shanren (shanren literal trans. “mountain man”). He used the pseudonym for artwork created for non-commercial purposes.

In 2001, Wong began a collection of artwork named Building Hong Kong, the most famous component of which was the Red White Blue series. Commenting on the motive behind the series, Wong said that the artwork was created at a time when negative sentiment was rife in Hong Kong culture, and he wished to inspire pride in Hong Kong identity.

Wong has won a great many creative awards in local, regional and international graphic design and advertising competitions, including the Award for Best Artist at both the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012 and the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2011. Wong has held several solo exhibitions of his fine art and photographs, as well as participating in numerous group exhibitions.

 

SELECTED BIOGRAPHY
1960    Born in Hong Kong
1980    Graduated from Hong Kong Technical Teachers’ College (Design & Technology)
1985    Started his career in the advertising industry, worked at Modern (HK) Advertising Ltd, Grey (HK) Advertising and J. Walter Thompson (HK) Advertising  
1996    Joined Bartle Bogle Hegarty (Asia Pacific) in Singapore as Regional Creative Director
1999    Took up the position of Chief Executive Officer and Executive Creative Director of 
TBWA Hong Kong
2000    Joined Centro Digital as Chief Creative Officer/Film Director, Hong Kong
2002    Established Threetwoone Film Production Limited, Hong Kong, specializing in advertising film production
2007    Established 84000 Communications, Hong Kong


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015  

  • 2 Men Show: Stanley Wong x anothermountainman, Ginza Graphic Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2014  

  • Perceive Emptiness, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

2013  

  • Show Flat 04, Hermès, Singapore   
  • From Su Shi to Bada Shanren, Art Basel Hong Kong-Insights, Hong Kong

2012  

  • Lan Wei, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong
  • Building Hong Kong / Show Flat, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2010  

  • To begin with, there’s no matter, Goethe Institute, Hong Kong
  • Lan Wei / Decaying End, Chinese Art Centre, Manchester, United Kingdom

2009  

  • Lan Wei, Li Ka-sing Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2007  

  • Of Things Present, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
  • Lan Wei / Abortive Buildings, Goethe Institute, Hong Kong

2005  

  • From London to Hong Kong To London, EXHIBIT Gallery, London, United KIngdom

2003  

  • Building Hong Kong 10 / Zou Ma Kan Hua, Benetton Fabrica Gallery, Hong Kong

2000  

  • Before and Ever After / 522 Days Of Oil Street, Oil Street Artist Village, Hong Kong

1993  

  • 1 Ordinary Man 10 Years 10,000 Kilometers on the Road, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015

2014

  • Building M+: Museum and Architecture Collection, ArtisTree, Hong Kong

2013  

  • Relativity in City, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

2011  

  • What’s Next 30 x 30, OCT Art & Design Gallery, Shenzhen, China
  • Auf der Suche Nach dem Wunderbaren Kunst und Spiritualitat, Hellerau, Dresden, Germany

2010  

  • ATOPIA, Art and City in the 21st Century, CCCB Centre de Cultura Contemporània, Barcelona, Spain

2008  

  • Memoria – Casting a Gaze, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan
  • New World Order, Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Constant Stream – China 08, Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom

2005

  • Investigation of a Journey to the West by Micro+Polo: Redwhiteblue / Tea And Chat, The Venice Biennale, China Hong Kong Pavilion, Venice, Italy

2004  

  • Building Hong Kong – Redwhiteblue, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong

 

SELECTED AWARDS
1999
  Short Listed, Hong Kong Art Biennale Exhibition, Hong Kong
2003   Short Listed, Hong Kong Art Biennale Exhibition, Hong Kong
2011  Hong Kong Arts Development Awards - Award for Best Artist (Visual Arts)
2012   Winner, Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards, Hong Kong 

 
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS 
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom
Groninger Museum, Netherlands
Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong