Picture of the artist writing his bio for the umpteenth time
My name is Steve Mason and I have been painting for over sixty years. Up to a few years ago my artwork was very traditional, English landscapes in oils on canvas. After being diagnosed with Asperger’s I was challenged to make a significant change in something that I would find a challenge. I decided to change something I was passionate about, not my wife, but my style and method of painting. In 2020 I completed a Fine Art Degree, primarily with drawings in charcoal, and during which I learnt that my best work was of subjects that meant something to me personally.
For 2021 I am working on a collection of mixed media paintings that focus on everyday items and surroundings, my Important Nothings. It is a collection of bold and colourful modern artworks, a visual diary that makes the mundane and unremarkable both remarkable and interesting.
Working mainly from photographs, the artworks are painted in acrylics with the bold black outlines that are a feature of the my work, and in some artworks have a photo, taken from the original photo, embedded in the painting. The photos, mainly taken on a mobile phone, are used as a reference point and elements are often omitted but seldom added.
Angles of the environment and objects are as observed in the photos and are designed to add a new interesting dimension to the picture.