Nic Mason, Chairs mirroring, 2023, oil on canvas, 51 x 102cm To enquire about this work please contact Michael Reid Murrurundi +61 2 6546 6767 https://michaelreidmurrurundi.com.au/exhibition/happenings/
Nic Mason lives and works in regional Australia in Wiradjuri Country. She pays her respects to Wiradjuri elders past, present and emerging.
She is a visual artist who primarily utilises painting and drawing in her art practice.
Nic's 2023 Happenings solo exhibition occurred at Michael Reid, Murrurundi. In 2022 Nic's solo exhibition, Nicola Mason: Cycle at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery co-occurred with Sidney Nolan: Drought, Robert Hirschmann: Past Night and Hui Selwood: Cubi and other passages. She has held a total of eight solo exhibitions, participated in three two person exhibitions and numerous group shows since Nic Mason's first solo exhibition, WILD in Cowra Regional Art Gallery in 2016. This exhibition followed winning the 2015 Central West Regional Art Award, through Cowra Regional Art Gallery.
Her work has been selected for both the S. H. Ervin 2023 and 2021 Salon des refusés(alternate Archibald portrait and 2021 Wynne landscape) exhibition. In 2021 her work was Runner-up in the painting section of Remagine 2021 Art Prize. In 2020 her work was Highly Commended in the National Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing. Her works have additionally been selected as a finalists in numerous other national awards including the Muswellbrook Art Prize 2023; Paddington Art Prize 2022; Redland Art Award 2022; Basil Sellers Art Prize 2022; Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize 2018; The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Award 2018; Fleurieu Biennale 2018; Calleen Art Award 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016; Footscray (Tertiary) Art Prize 2017; and the Korea Australia Arts Foundation Art Award 2016.
Her practice has been propelled by a number of residencies including her 2020 Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) internship / residency at Babaran Segaragunung Culture House; 2019 Bundanon Artist in Residence program through Bundanon Trust; 2018-19 Art of Threatened Species residency, a collaboration between Orana Arts Inc and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment; and 2017 residency at the Centre d'Art Marnay Art Centre (Camac), France. Nic is interested in the possibilities of enticing new ways of thinking through connection and engagement with art. Her work is richly informed by her background in conservation and land management and influenced by her domestic life. After attaining a Science degree she worked in the conservation and land management field. In the middle of 2016 she resigned from her employment position in this sector to focus on her art practice in a full-time capacity and to commence studies in the painting workshop at the Australian National University. In 2019 she has been listed on the Dean's List for her Honours Year at the University of New South Wales Art & Design.