Raymond Mason
St Mark’s Place, East Village, New York City 1972

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Raymond Mason 1922–2010
St Mark’s Place, East Village, New York City
Date 1972
Medium Acrylic paint, epoxy resin and box
Dimensions Object: 686 x 1249 x 495 mm, 33.2 kg
Acquisition Presented by Mme Andrée Stassart 1983
Not on display

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Mason has lived and worked in France for fifty years, but his central concerns, with narrative, close observation and the rich diversity of humanity, are in the tradition of the eighteenth-century painter Hogarth, whose vivid evocations of contemporary life helped create the foundations of a native English school of art. Birmingham-born, Mason has recalled how he 'spent a sickly childhood looking through curtains at a brick-lined street'. In 1971, finding himself in a Manhattan coffee shop, his 'heart...warmed by the sight of the brick fronts opposite', he drew the view through the window as 'an extravagant populace trouped the sidewalks in sharp noon sunlight. All travellers enjoy sitting watching a foreign world pass by'.

August 2004

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