Gregory Mason artwork for sale and artist biography
Gregory Mason is a graduate of St Martin's, London, recognised for his recent success as Finalist in the SKY Arts Landscape Artist of the year 2018, and previously as Semi-Finalist in SKY Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017, through his winning portrait of actor Trevor Eve and BAFTA-winning actress Imelda Staunton.
Selected by Kate Bryan (head of Collections at Soho H...ouse) as one-to-watch from Saatchi's top 130 emerging artists in 2017, his practice resonates with the classic traditions of landscape and portraiture whilst pursuing a modern approach that is both authentic to the subject matter and grounded in contemporary mark-making.
Whether it be portraits, female nudes or landscapes, his work has a vibrancy and painterly quality that sees faceted colours and brush marks dance across the surface of the canvas. A harmonious colour palette reveals subtle tonal changes, modelling the forms of figures, nudes and landscapes within a balanced composition that is both contemporary and deeply rooted in the traditions of figurative art.
Greg works in oil on linen, constructing and deconstructing work in order to find the moment that captures the energy and emotion of a place or person. His aim is to explore the authenticity in relationship with his subject, achieving an implied narrative that is both intelligent and thought-provoking.
He says "whether I’m painting people or places I still have to find my ‘way in’ to the work and this usually involves being immersed in the subject and responding authentically to the energy of that moment.
When I work with a live model, the ‘subject’ is them, but the pose can be something that happens intuitively ‘in the moment’. It’s usually when a model is not aware of posing that they reveal something that appeals to me, something different and unique that makes me want to paint.
With landscapes it’s a little different in as much as the energy is either in a sky, or a space, or a wind, or a moment of light hitting something. In fact, my landscapes are more about a series of moments where, instead of resting on a single focal point, you follow the journey of paint across the canvas. That’s probably why I don’t paint houses in my landscapes… I just don’t like interruptions."
Greg is open to commissions should one be interested. Please contact to discuss.
Selected Shows and Prizes:
2019 - Lime Tree Gallery, Bristol
2019 - Clarendon Gallery, Mayfair, London
2018 - ROI, Mall Galleries, London W1 - Finalist
2018 - SKY Arts Landscape Artist of the Year - Finalist
2018 - Cass Art Gallery, London
2017 - ROI, Mall Galleries, London W1 - Finalist
2017 - SKY Arts Portrait Artist of the Year - Semi-Finalist