One of Australia’s most accomplished contemporary artists, Mason Kimber, opens his latest exhibition next week.
The exhibition title, Afternoon, refers to the golden window of time each ‘fresco’ piece (a mural painting technique) was created. Mason firstly prepares panels with a mixture of wet lime plaster and sand, then paints them in the afternoon after the moisture has evaporated. Each artwork in the exhibition depicts the artist’s signature abstract style of painting using acrylic, sand, lime plaster, foam coat, extruded polystyrene and wood.
‘These slabs meditate on that crescendo moment when time slows and spaces seem to come alive, flooded with rays of light that weave through the openings of buildings to illuminate the material of their surface,’ Mason says.
Mason’s interest in fresco began during a 2014 residency at the British School at Rome where he studied the spatial illusions found in Roman and Pompeian fresco painting. He has also completed residencies in Argentina, Thailand and Italy, and has been a finalist in the Sulman Prize, The Churchie Art Prize, Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging). Mason is represented in Melbourne by Sophie Gannon Gallery.
September 3rd – September 21st
Sophie Gannon Gallery
2 Albert Street