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Dan Mason
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Bio

Dan Mason is an emerging Australian artist on the rise. He has a Visual Arts major from Griffith University where he studied a Bachelor of Arts degree and has been selected as a finalist in several regional and national art prizes, including The Churchie Emerging Art Award.

His abstracted mixed media approach allows him the freedoms to explore differing surface tensions and interactions, even when painting percievably realistic subjects.

He applies dramatic, free-flowing brushstrokes, paint pours, swirls, plays with differing levels of opacity and often finds greater resolution by scraping paint away from the surface than applying it.
Luscious oils are interjected by the movement of spray paint, acrylics and enamels repel and simultaneously find peace within eachother.
Mason’s work captures movement and energy that is best appreciated in the flesh.

The experience of spending months at sea, as a child, on the ships that my father worked on, and being a lifetime surfer has shaped my love and appreciation of open spaces and our natural environment.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

It is my intention, through painting, to share the joys of our existence, to capture the layers and complexities that we face as humans and as custodians of our magnificent planet. I work on several canvases over a period of time – the work is initially intuitive, making a mark, moving to the next, revisiting and responding to their individual energies – essentially allowing them to grow organically, they let me know when they’re resolved with a vibration that I can only compare to looking into the eyes of a loved one.

I am influenced by the ocean and our natural world, and have been painting boats that reference my own photography. I refrain from a realistic approach and still let the bold gestural movement of the brush or palette knife tell the story.
Dan Mason 2014

EDUCATION

1997 | Completed Visual Arts Major, Griffith University Gold Coast
1995 | Commenced Bachelor of Arts (Psychology major) Griffith University Gold Coast
1994 | Associate Diploma of Architectural Technology
1989 | Senior Certificate, Miami State High School, QLD, Australia

AWARDS

2012 | Victorian Cancer Council Art Awards, Finalist & National Tour
2011 | Gainsborough Greens Art Award, Finalist
2011 | Prometheus Visual Arts Award, Finalist
2010 | Marymount Art Prize, Overall Winner
2009 | Gold Coast Rotary Club Art Prize, First Prize, Abstract
2009 | “The Churchie”, National Emerging Art Award, Finalist
2009 | Brunswick Street Gallery Art Prize, Shortlisted
2009 | Art Sydney Off The Wall, Shortlisted
2004 | St Stephens College Art Exhibition, Encouragement award
2003 | St Stephens College Art Exhibition, Encouragement award
2000 | Australian Art and Framing Trade Fair, Peoples Choice Award

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010 | Life’s A Beach, Red Hill Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane
2009 | Let There Be Rock, 19Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast
2009 | New Horizons, Myana, Hobart
2008 | Lust for Life, Emporium Gallery of Fine Art, Brisbane
2007 | Harnessing The Fractal, Red Hill Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane
2006 | Primitive Man, Emporium Gallery of Fine Art, Brisbane
2002 | Enigmacity, Currumbin Rocks Resort, Gold Coast

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014 | Affordable Art Fair May, Singapore
2014 | Asia Contemporary Art May Hong Kong
2014 | Affordable Art Fair March, Hong Kong
2014 | Affordable Art Fair Brussels, Belgium
2014 | Affordable Art Fair Milan, Italy
2013 | Colour and Shade, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2013 | Men of Matter, Red Hill Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane
2012 | Allusions, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2012 | Marymount Art Show, Feature Artist
2012 | The 40 Zone, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2012 | Bumpadabumpa, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2011 | Long Hot Summer, Traffic Jam Galleries, Sydney
2011 | Talls And Smalls, Q1 Observation Deck, Gold Coast
2010 | Gold Coast Perspective’s, Gallery One, Gold Coast
2006 | 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Red Hill Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2010 | Grant, H. “What Galleries Like Right Now”, Australian Artist, #315, p24.
2010 | Girdham, R. “Faces in the crowd”, The Sunday Mail, 7 March, p.16
2009 | The Churchie: National Emerging Art Exhibition, P9, p74-7.5. Click on Print Books
2009 | Making Impact, Gold Coast Lifestyle Magazine, December, p.14.
2009 | Pop art meets pop artist, Gold Coast Mail, August 20, p.6.
2008 | Langley, H., World of colours, new lease on life, Gold Coast Mail, September 5, p.5.
2008 | Painting a picture of inspiration, Gold Coast Sun, September 5, p.5.

COLLECTIONS

All Saints Anglican School – Gold Coast
Web Resources – Brisbane
Conrad Hilton Hotel – Gold Coast
Bel Air International Resort – Gold Coast
Chevron Renaissance Tower One – Gold Coast
The Arbor on Grey – Brisbane
Indigo Blue – Gold Coast
Platinum – Gold Coast
Private collections in: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Hong Kong, UK, USA


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