Born in Johannesburg in 1973, Richard Mason obtained a National Diploma in Graphic Design at the Witwatersrand University in 1994, and a BA in Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2002. He currently works from his studio in Cape Town.
Drawing on our anxieties of the digital age and the speed at which technology has become our environment, Mason uses industrial materials and processes to produce intricate works that explore what he calls “our merging with the reality of the virtual.”
Influenced by object orientated philosophy, 80’s design, and art ranging from perceptual abstraction to post-graffiti, he uses the language of technology reflected back on itself.
Mason’s paintings parade the superficial glow of colourful chemicals across ultra-flat screen-like surfaces which combine to impact strongly on the viewer. He believes colour is universal and abstract but it is experienced subjectively, affecting us psychologically, not rationally, as do perceptible things. The vibrating geometric bands of colour in Masons paintings are meant to bend the mind as much as the eye.
Visually Mason locates his latest works between a circuit board and a maze. But it is the geometric patterns of entoptic phenomena, the objects of consciousness itself, that are under scrutiny, rather than the world outside.
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