Steven Mason b. 1960
My principle practice is painting both in oils and acrylics whilst experimenting with alternative media and collage, often mixing them all, in the search for visual acuity. The roots of my influence tap through the prescient baroque of Ucello, through that of Caravaggio and to the Expression of Munch, Soutine and Chabaud of the early 20th Century, including the Die Brücke, Blau Reiter and Cobra groups.
I am influenced by human nature in its anthro and zoomorphic forms and it’s intersection and dalliance with the world of popular culture. My fascination with primitive animism, the kitsch and the ludic, often taps into collective and personal childhood memory, creating an engagement with the work through not only visual salience but also its path into introspection and emotion.