Robin Mason

Soulless Portrait after Dresden


Pigmented acrylic on Saunders Waterford Paper, 56 x 76cm


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Robin Mason grew up in Porthcawl, South Wales. He completed the Foundation Course at Cardiff College of Art going on to study BA Fine Art in Wolverhampton winning the Northern Young Contemporaries. Following his MA in Painting at The Royal College of Art he established a studio in London. He has continued to exhibit nationally and internationally and his work can be found in significant private and corporate collections including those of Simmons and Simmons, Unilever, London Transport and The Government Art Collection. Living and working between London and Porthcawl, South Wales, he is currently Head of Fine Art at City and Guilds of London Art School.

His work engages with and constantly quotes from the coastal landscape, merging the history of painting, contemporary art and design and the vast reservoir of freely available imagery in popular culture. Stylistically Mason’s work has been described as Carroll Dunham meets Magritte. He returns both metaphorically and physically to reflect on South Wales and a childhood journey across Germany, Böcklin’s ‘Isle of the Dead’ and Grünewald’s ‘Isenheim Altarpiece’ which appear and disappear in the form of erotic metaphors, words and arrows. A clue to his dream landscapes is the word ‘Hiraeth’, a word that has no direct translation from Welsh; it is a call to those who were born there. Hiraeth is his muse as he paints and places the things he’s seen, experienced and reflected on, into a landscapethat is constantly the beach in Wales.