Nic Mason, STILL 2017 - Text
The work in STILL references Mason’s long background in conservation management and ongoing relationship with the Australian landscape. For this exhibition and Mason’s current post graduate studies in Painting at the Australian National University, she has been closely studying the skulls of protected, threatened and introduced animals to the Australian landscape.
With this study she references the traditions of still life painting in particular Vanitas themes of the 17th Century Dutch Still Life Masters as well as the recurring anthropomorphosis in art throughout the ages from the 40,000 year old cave paintings in France of mixed human animal forms. Narrative and symbolism are integral to her work, where she continues to play with the rendering of her anthropomorphic creatures and her recurring red bag.
Oil paintings on linen and canvas and sculptural works using paper and wire are included in this exhibition.
STILL is only the second substantial body of work shown by Nic Mason and it is her first solo exhibition in Tablelands Artists Cooperative Gallery, Bathurst. This exhibition follows her first solo exhibition WILD held in Cowra Regional Art Gallery less than a year before in 2016.
Nic Mason, Echidna, koala and eastern grey kangaroo, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 cm
Maryanne Jacques, Arts Outwest - Western Advocate 21 February 2017, Exhibition showcases Nic's major passions
'BATHURST artist Nic Mason’s long background in conservation management combines beautifully with her great skill as a painter.'
Source: Western Advocate online
Bathurst City Life February 16 - 22 2017, t.arting up the STILLness
'she has been closely studying the skulls of protected, threatened and introduced animals to the Australian landscape and delving deep into the traditions of still life painting'
Source: Bathurst City Life February 16 - 22 2017