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Robin Mason


Fine Art Painting

Head of Painting, MA Course Leader and Fine Art Coordinator.


Robin Mason is Head of Painting, MA Course Leader and Fine Art Coordinator. His research into the socio-political origins of the Isenheim Altarpiece (Matthias Grunewald 1512–1516 ) and its influence on Northern European painting of the 20th Century culminated in 2013 with a solo show of paintings, prints, drawings, and installations at Block 336 London, which sequenced autobiographic aspects of journey and travel in relation to search and discovery. A publication of his performative writing and key works from the exhibition accompanied the show. The ideas around 'souls' and ‘substance’ as discussed by Leibniz and Isabelle Graw’s notions of painting as a ‘…Highly Valuable Quasi-Person..’ currently engages his practical and theoretic research.



Education

2006-07  Royal College of Art, Research Methodologies Course 1981-84   Royal College of Art, MA Painting
1977-80   Wolverhampton Polytechnic, BA (Hons) Fine Art
1976-77   Cardiff College of Art, Foundation Studies

Teaching

Head of Painting 1997 to date, City & Guilds of London Art School Previous activity includes: External Assessor (Illustration) Westminster University; Course Consultant KIAD/UCCA; Curatorial Consultant KIAD/UCCA Rochester; Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art, Winchester School of Art, Kent Institute of Art and Design, City and Guilds of London Art School.

Recent Research Activity

Currently collating a series of essays under the title Meditations on the Metaphor of the Iseheim Altarpiece, a reflective series of essays from over a decade of study into relationships with the Isenheim Altarpiece, its creation and influence. 2012 Study visit to Document13. 2011 Parallel Journey – retracing of The Romance the Rhine by Charles Marriot 2006/07 Research at the Royal College of Art – Pathetic Sublime and Erotic Meditations on the Isenheim Altarpiece Pre Publishing Consultant Laurence King Publishing.

Curatorial Activity

2007 ‘Nature and Society // Parallel Lines’, Ethnographic Museum Dubrovnik 2006 ‘Obsession’, Sartorial Contemporary, London 2004 ‘...if you go down to the woods today...’ Rockwell Gallery, London

Solo Shows

2013 The Deepest Darkness, Block 336 London

2010 In Dialogue, Thomas A Becket Church, Fairfield, Kent (Art Council of England)
2001 ‘Passion’, Vertigo, London
2000 ‘Passion’, Arthus Gallery, Brussels
1997 ‘After Colmar’, Nielson and Wuetrich Fine Art, Thun, Switzerland
1995 ‘Bocklin’s Rock’ Galerie Fossati, Basel, Switzerland
1995 ‘Homage to Bocklin’s Rock’ Lamont Gallery, London
1995 ‘Paintings and Drawings’, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery & Museum, Swansea
1994 ‘Homage to Bocklin’s Rock’, Galerie zur Alten Deutsche Schule, Thun,
Switzerland
1992 Galerie zur Alten Deutsche Schule, Thun, Switzerland
1992 Long and Ryle International, London
1989 Andrew Knight Gallery, Cardiff
1985 ‘ Caressing the Twisting Form’ Roger Francis Gallery, London

Group Shows

2013 'Let the Future Wait' London 2012 Good Times Roll, High Roller Society, London 2011 Polemically Small, KCCC Exhibition Hall, Lithuania, 2011 Polemically Small, Torrance Art Museum, USA 2010 Papyrophilia (curated by Zavier Ellis) Charlie Smith Gallery London, 2010 Polemically Small, curated by Edward Lucie Smith, Charlie Smith London 2010, new year new danger, High Roller Society London 2009 ‘Strange Days and some Flowers’, Storey Gallery, Lancaster (July/September) 2008 ‘The Future Can Wait ‘, The New London School, Old Truman Brewery, London 2008 ‘Paint Lab’, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London 2008 ‘Icon’, Primo Alonso, London 2007 ‘The Future Can Wait ‘, The New London School, Atlantis Gallery, London 2007 ‘Still Life, Still’, T 1±2 Gallery, London 2007 ‘Parallel Lines - Nature and Society’ - Dubrovacki Muzeji (Dubrovnik Museum) Croatia 2006 ‘Broken Romaticism’, Standpoint Gallery, London 2006 ‘Requiem’, St Anselms Church, London 2006 ‘Obsession’, Sartorial Contemporary, London 2006 ‘Miami Art Fair’, USA (Charlie Smith London)2004 “If You Go Down to the Woods Today”, Rockwell Gallery, London 2003 ‘Gallery Artists’, Vertigo, London2002 ‘30 x 30’, Vertigo, London 2001 ‘Drawing the Line’, Vertigo, London 2000 Art 2000, London (Vertigo Gallery) 2000 ‘Transformations’, Lamont Gallery, London 1999 Art 99, London (Lamont Gallery)1999 ‘Artists From Britain’, Arthus Gallery, Brussels 1999 ‘Royal National Eisteddfod’, Cardiff 1999 ‘Robin Mason and Shani Rhys James’, Paton Gallery, London 1999 ‘Evidence’, Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery 1999 ‘Cheltenham Drawing Open’, Cheltenham and Berlin 1998 Art 98, London (Lamont Gallery) 1998 Robin Mason and Shani Rhys James, Paton Gallery, London 1997 ‘A- Z, Amiet to Sbinden’, Villa Schupbach, Steffisburg, Switzerland 1997 Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair (Lamont Gallery) 1997 Art 97, London (Lamont Gallery) 1996 ‘Bally Art Festival’, Thun, Switzerland1996 ‘Landscape’, Virgin Atlantic, London1996 Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair (Lamont Gallery)1996 ‘Recent Acquisitions’, Unilever, London1996 ‘Déjà vu’, George Rodger Gallery, KIAD, Maidstone 1996 Art 96, London (Lamont Gallery)1995 ‘Contemporary Classics’, The Studio Club, London 1995 ‘Heads’, Galerie Fossati, Basel, Switzerland 1995 ‘Beyond the Interior’, Lamont Gallery, London 1995 Art 95, London (Lamont Gallery) 1994 ‘Drawing’, Galerie Fossati, Basel, Switzerland 1994 3±3 , Bruton Street Gallery, London 1994 ‘Beautiful Blooms’, Lamont Gallery, London 1993 ‘Imperial Cancer Contemporary Art’, Sotheby’s, London 1993 ‘Contemporary Art Society Stand, Art ’93, London 1993 ‘Sunday Times Watercolour Competition’, Mall Galleries, London 1993 ‘Royal National Eisteddfod’1992 Contemporary Art Society Art Market, London 1992 Los Angeles Art Fair, USA (Galerie Z a d S, Switzerland)1992 ‘Cabinet Paintings’, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, Swansea 1992 ‘Summer Exhibition’, Royal Academy of Art, London 1991 Contemporary Art Society Art Market, London 1991 ‘New Patrons’, Christies, London 1991 ‘Cabinet Paintings’, Gillian Jason, London1991 ‘Discerning Eye’, Mall Galleries, London 1990 Contemporary Art Society Art Market, London 1990 ‘Three Ways’, British Council & Royal College of Art tour to Eastern Europe 1990 ‘The Art Machine’, McLellan Gallery, Glasgow 1990 ‘Recent Acquisitions’, Leicestershire Education Authority, Leicester 1989 Contemporary Art Society Art Market, London 1989 ‘Works on Paper’, Galerie zur Alten Deutschen Schule, Thun, Switzerland 1989 ‘New Faces from Britain’, Galerie zur Alten Deutschen Schule, Thun, Switzerland 1989 ‘Royal Overseas League’, Overseas House, London 1989 ‘Cleveland Drawing Biennale’, Middlesbrough 1988 Contemporary Art Society Art Market, London 1988 ‘Recent Acquisitions’, Unilever House, London1988 ‘Summer Show’, Flaxman Gallery, London 1988 ‘Small Pictures’, Square Gallery, London 1988 ‘Homage to the Square’, Flaxman Gallery, London 1987 Contemporary Art Society Art Market, London 1987 ‘100 Prominent Artists’, Diorama gallery, London 1987 ‘The Other Side of the Hill’, Flaxman Gallery, London 1987 ‘New Artists’, Piccadilly Gallery, London 1986 Contemporary Art Society Art Market, London 1986 ‘Interiors’, Upstairs Gallery, London 1986 ‘Drawings as Screens’, Joseph pour La Maison, London 1986 ‘A Tribute to Peter de Francia’, Café Casbar, London 1986 ‘Still Life’, Oriel Bangor, North Wales 1985 Contemporary Art Society Art Market, London 1984 ‘Pick of New Graduate Art’, Christies, London 1984 Contemporary Art Society Art Market, London 1980 ‘New Graduates’, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich 1980 ‘Pick of New Graduate Art’, Icon Gallery, Birmingham 1980 ‘Northern Young Contemporaries’, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester

Awards

1989 First Prize and Trophy Winner Royal Overseas League 1989 First Prize, Cleveland International Drawing Biennale 1984 Burston Prize for Painting 1983 J Andrew Lloyd Scholarship for Landscape Painting 1979 First Prize, Northern Young Contemporaries, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester

Collections

Royal College of Art Government Art Collection, Unilever (1988 & ’95) Walt Disney Productions, Diamond Trading Company, Cleveland County Council, Rosehaugh Stanhope Plc. Leicestershire Education Authority, London Underground, TI Group (Collection sold at Sotheby’s)

Commissions

Drawings for The International Book of Lofts – Thames and Hudson Illustrations for Spanish Style- Thames and Hudson, Underground Poster Commission – London Transport

Recent Bibliography

2007 Research RCA Edited by Sandra Kemp (Head of Research)