PRESS RELEASE JULY 2009 __________________________________________FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lot 434 Lot 435
Judith Seelawder Mason-Attwood (South African 1938 - )
FIGURE IN THE DESERT TOURIST PHOTO
Signed; oil on canvas Mixed media in relief on board
91 by 122cm 118.5 by 176.5cm
Estimate: R25 000 - R35 000 Estimate: R50 000 - R70 000
Judith Mason is a painter and graphic artist of symbolic and mythological landscapes, figures and portraits. Mason works primarily in oils and pencil but has also incorporated various graphic media and ‘found objects’ in her works, which are drawn or painted in reaction to her world: political events, comments that she has read, snippets of history or poetry which have caught her eye, or the experience of particular people or animals which are usually used in a symbolic context.
Mason's early work tended to be more abstract than her current work. At present she uses trompe l'oeil and delicately detailed passages as a contrast to paint washes and splash marks. In recent years she has attempted to destroy the 2-dimensional nature of the canvas by using juxtaposed hexagons or layers of traced splash marks to create a matrix suggesting movement and depth, and in which objects are held in an ambiguous, flickering space. Mason's characteristic of heightening the emotional impact in her work leads to images, which move the spectator, often in a strong way.
A full biography and further information can be obtained from the artist’s website.
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