Text - Prize Commentary
Selected prize commentary ...
Grace Cossington Smith Award 2024, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery
Felicity Jenner and Blair French judging the Grace Cossington Smith Early Career Award 2024
"Judges Felicity Fenner and Blair French commented:
The Yellow Studio 1: inside presents an interesting tableaux of objects, art and habitation. The pictures within pictures and compositional arrangement of multiple planes within the domestic space have the feel of a stage set, while the painting style and colours reference both Matisse and Grace Cossington Smith."
Sydney Morning Herald
John McDonald, blog
6 June 2021
John McDonald, Salon des Refusés 2021
"... Finally, this year’s award for best title goes to Nic Mason for Questioning landscape with a pouffe. Before you ring the S.H.Ervin in indignation please check the spelling."
Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2020, Adelaide Perry Gallery
Tiffany Fayne, Curator, Adelaide Perry Gallery, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2020
"... Highly commended works included Richard Lewer’s It’s Nothing Like We’ve Seen Before, capturing the drama and intensity of a fire in full force; Catherine Tait’s beautifully poignant Out of the Shadows portraying the shadowy depths of the human condition and Nic Mason’s A Weekend at Bundanon, Wombats from Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a tender series depicting moments of tentative interaction with wombats while in residency ..."
Nic Mason, Caitlin, oil on canvas, 100 cm x 75 cm, private Collection
Central West Regional Art Award 2015, Cowra Regional Art Gallery
Dr Andrew Frost - Judge awarding Winner of the Central West Regional Art Award 2015, Cowra Regional Art Gallery for my work Caitlin
"Nic Mason's Caitlin is a quietly powerful portrait of the Artist's daughter. Mason has used a number of techniques in creating the picture that ultimately work together. Although there is a temptation for such pictures to verge on the sentimental, Mason has chosen to give her portrait a sense of realism with the rendering of the subject's hair and the dark shadows under the eyes. Mason's painting also came from a strong selection of work by regional artists."
Source: Cowra Regional Art Gallery website
Nic Mason, Reflection at Everglades, oil on canvas, 25 cm x 50 cm, private collection
Blackheath Art Prize 2011, Blackheath Art Society
Robert Malherbe and Matthew Lyn – Judges awarding 2nd Prize in the Blackheath Art Prize 2011 for the work, Nic Mason, Reflection at Everglades
"A quiet and intense picture, showing a well known place in a completely different light. A moody awkward composition that resolves itself wonderfully with a quiet drama."
Source: Blackheath Art Society website 2011