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I worked as an illustrator in the advertising world. Now retired and starting to paint and draw in earnest again, not that I ever stopped. But now I have the opportunity to spend much more time on my art. I'm expecting it to be a long journey of discovery.

After spending many years painting in oils, I changed to acrylic as it can be used like watercolour or oil paints. Thick impastos are quicker and easier, plus the paint itself (Artelier Interactive Acrylic) is very durable and light-fast, although somewhat expensive. All my canvases are re-primed with two coats of Gesso to ensure adhesion to the substrate, the same goes for paintings on paper unless I’m using acrylic as watercolour in which case the pigment is absorbed into the paper. To ensure paint stability, whenever I use washes or glazes I use a binding medium rather than dilute excessively with water alone.

Why the initial N in my name is important, well John Mason is a very common name and there are loads of John Masons that are artists, so I need something to separate me from the rest.
Any day that I don't paint or draw something feels like a wasted day.

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Education

Largely self-taught
Attended Chelsea School of Art, Lime Grove, London 1963/64
Seven day Illustrators' master class 1990
Numerous weekend workshops over the years

Exhibitions

Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award, Finalist 2018
Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award, Finalist 2017
Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award, Finalist 2016
Caloundra Art annual exhibition 2004
Art Whitsunday annual exhibition 1997
Art Whitsunday annual exhibition 1996
Highly Commended 1994 at Whitsunday Exhibition 'Machinery 1'
Highly Commended 1994 at Whitsunday Exhibition 'Cannonvale'
Third Prize at 1963 annual exhibition for a painting of Valletta Malta.
Chelsea School of Art, Lime Grove, London 1963

60cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$880
76cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$810
60cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$760
90cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$770
91cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$830
29cm (W) x 42cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$290
42cm (W) x 29.7cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$280
29.7cm (W) x 42cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$280
42cm (W) x 29.7cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$280
42cm (W) x 29.7cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$280