“An imaginative abstract painter”. Barry Mason sees himself as a “composer” when he constructs his large shaped and sculpted paintings, which have become vehicles for expressing that inner intersection where his admiration for Renaissance grandeur, Abstract art and Afro-American identity all merge in a potent personal synthesis.
“Given their vigor and symphonic sweep, Mason’s paintings (with their brilliant colors, dynamic irregular formats and forms that hint at African folk motifs) can be compared to the music of the great American composers like Ellington and Mingus, who achieved an exquisite balance of jazz improvisational and classical composition” (– J. Sanders Eaton, Gallery & Studio Magazine)
As a young boy growing up on the scenic eastern shore of Snow Hill, Maryland, I found myself always having a desire to create. Imagining, constructing, and drawing art has always been apart of me. Now, 40 plus years later, art and the creative process continue to be a significant part of my life.