Ghost Mountain Field
Born in Hong Kong, Ghost Mountain Field obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, majoring in Critical Study and Studio. He then received a Master of Fine Art in Painting and Sculpture from City and Guilds of London Art School in 2005. He currently works and lives in Taipei and Hong Kong.
Ghost Mountain Field has participated in gallery and museum shows in Europe and Asia. His mural work and illustration work can be found in public spaces and magazines across Hong Kong, Bangkok, Dubai and Vancouver. Among the clients are award-winning restaurant Mott 32 and fashion label Blanc de Chine.
Ghost Mountain Field was raised in the late colonial era of Hong Kong in the golden era of subcultures as evidenced in movies, pop music and graphic designs, etc. The city was filled with imagery that was heavily influenced by the West and Japan, and this influx of foreign culture signified the lack of cultural identity for the generation.
While the artist grew up with these popular cultures, it wasn't until he moved abroad to UK and lived through a different cultural context, that a sense of his own traditional heritage started to brew in his consciousness.
Through his audacious use of colour and refined brush strokes, the artist conducts an ongoing exploration of his cultural identity through his work. His practice demonstrates an East Asian artist adopting a kaleidoscopic array of techniques from the West and beyond, like oil paint on canvas, pencil on paper, and infusing his impression of traditional Chinese paintings into his works, which also prompts the viewers to contemplate how we position and form our cultural identity in relation to our heritage.