I’ve been meaning to write something about Raymond Mason, but haven’t found the time yet. But I wanted to get some of these images up of his work in the meantime. Mason has been for me one of the greatest artists of the 20th century and it’s a shame that his work hasn’t gotten a fraction of the attention it deserves. He was primarily inspired by Balthus and Giacometti, both friends. He painted, drew and sculpted in Paris most of his life, having moved there in 1946.
Mason’s work arises out of a powerful embrace of life around him–on the streets of Paris primarily, but wherever he found it. It’s monumental and inspiring work.
These are some of his painted bas-reliefs.
I saw this piece over the summer in Montreal: