Artist's Biography

Dan Mason was born in New Zealand in 1971. He is an emerging Australian artist.

Dan holds a Visual Arts major from Griffith University, where he studied a Bachelor of Arts degree.

He was selected as a finalist in several regional and national art prizes, including The Churchie Emerging Art Award.

Dan’s abstracted mixed media approach allows him the freedom to explore differing surface tensions and interactions, even when painting perceivably realistic subjects.

As part of his working technique, Dan applies dramatic, free-flowing brush strokes, paint pours and swirls and experiments with differing levels of opacity and often finds greater resolution by scraping paint away from the surface rather than applying it.

Luscious oil paint is interjected by the movement of spray paint with acrylics and enamels repelling and simultaneously finding harmony within each other.

Mason’s work captures movement and energy that is best appreciated in the flesh.

Dan says of his work:  “The experience of spending months at sea, as a child, on the ships that my father worked on, and being a lifetime surfer has shaped my love and appreciation of open spaces and our natural environment.”

“I am influenced by the ocean and our natural world, and have been painting boats that reference my own photography. I refrain from a realistic approach and still let the bold movement of the brush or palette knife tell the story.”

‘It is my intention, through painting, to share the joys of our existence, to capture the layers and complexities that we face as humans and as custodians of our magnificent planet“.

“I work on several canvases over a period of time – the work is initially intuitive, making a mark, moving to the next, revisiting and responding to their individual energies – essentially allowing them to grow organically, they let me know when they’re resolved with a vibration that I can only compare to looking into the eyes of a loved one.”

1997 | Completed Visual Arts Major, Griffith University Gold Coast
1995 | Commenced Bachelor of Arts (Psychology major) Griffith University Gold Coast
1994 | Associate Diploma of Architectural Technology
1989 | Senior Certificate, Miami State High School, QLD, Australia

2012 | Victorian Cancer Council Art Awards, Finalist & National Tour
2011 | Gainsborough Greens Art Award, Finalist
2011 | Prometheus Visual Arts Award, Finalist
2010 | Marymount Art Prize, Overall Winner
2009 | Gold Coast Rotary Club Art Prize, First Prize, Abstract
2009 | “The Churchie”, National Emerging Art Award, Finalist
2009 | Brunswick Street Gallery Art Prize, Short listed
2009 | Art Sydney Off The Wall, Short listed
2004 | St Stephens College Art Exhibition, Encouragement award
2003 | St Stephens College Art Exhibition, Encouragement award
2000 | Australian Art and Framing Trade Fair, Peoples Choice Award

2010 | Life’s A Beach, Red Hill Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane
2009 | Let There Be Rock, 19Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast
2009 | New Horizons, Myana, Hobart
2008 | Lust for Life, Emporium Gallery of Fine Art, Brisbane
2007 | Harnessing The Fractal, Red Hill Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane
2006 | Primitive Man, Emporium Gallery of Fine Art, Brisbane
2002 | Enigmacity, Currumbin Rocks Resort, Gold Coast