South Square Arrangements , - 2012
‘Flowers do have a very special, lurid allure - they offer a vibrant presence that asserts itself equally well in a variety of cultural contexts: from the heady, scented, damp excesses of sub-continental Hindu temples, to the hanging baskets of Barclays.
Mason and I discussed the whys and wherefores of these formal arrangements - the influence of orthodox colour theory, composition, vertical emphasis, repetition - and then, somehow, we got onto the subject of painting. Painting - that self-indulgent route to pleasure - and its place in a time of austerity.
Often we speak of 'showy blooms', a phrase that suggests gaudy excess - a form of moral judgment. Mason's work seeks at once to question the status of conspicuous excess and to celebrate it through painting.’
Excerpt from Xanthopsia and 189 by Paul Evans.
resin, pigment, mdf and mixed media
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