About Dan





Dan Mason is an established Australian artist who has been exhibiting since 2004.
Over the past few years his work has been acquired by art collectors in Milan, Brussels, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Stockholm, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand – testament to his growing worth as artist.

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.

His studio practice embraces the notion that continual process experimentation is the seed for deep ‘creative growth’.

His abstracted palette knife approach allows him the freedoms to continually explore differing surface tensions and interactions, even when referencing perceivably realistic subject matter.




Mason's work captures movement and energy that is best appreciated in the flesh.


ARTIST STATEMENT

" I am inspired by the ocean and our connection to the natural world - As a child we’d spend months at sea aboard the ships that my father worked on, rolling with every wave.

Being a lifetime surfer has also shaped my love, respect and appreciation of our earthly environment.
It is my intention, through painting, to share the joys and challenges 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."

Dan Mason 


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, Gold Coast Tafe College
1989 | Senior Certificate, Miami State High School, QLD, Australia

AWARDS

2018 | Neumann Dust Temple Portrait Prize, Finalist 2017 | Clayton Utz Art Award, Finalist
2015 | Brisbane Rotary Arts Spectacular, Finalist
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
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
2015 - All Afloat, Red Hill Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane
2015 - Affordable Art Fair, Singapore
2014 - Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam
2014 - Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm
2014 - Affordable Art Fair, Hamburg
2014 - Asia Contemporary, Hong Kong
2014 - Affordable Art Fair, Singapore
2014 - Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong
2014 - Affordable Art Fair Brussels, Belgium
2014 - Affordable Art Fair Milan, Italy
2014 - Chai and Mason, Red Hill Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane
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
2006 - 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Red Hill Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane