Striding Forth Daphne Mason at 91
The remarkable work and career of NZ abstract painter, Daphne Mason, is celebrated in an exhibition at Emma Jean Gallery north of Auckland!
At ninety-one years of age, a retrospective might be deemed an appropriate milestone, but this exhibition celebrates Daphne Mason as a practising contemporary artist, still ‘striding forth’ as her aspirational story continues into the present. Many of the artworks in the exhibition have been produced in recent months as Daphne is still to be found painting at her easel every day she is able, exploring new ideas and techniques, and expressing herself with vigour and delight.
The exhibition presents a selection of recent sketches and watercolours, along with eleven individual works from the past 40 years providing thematic context for the paper works in the show – figurative, abstract, impressionist and landscape/built environment. Mason’s under exposure in the New Zealand art scene is typical of women painters of her era and beyond. As an artist, she has persevered, never giving up her visual voice as ‘a fearless and yet forgiving commentator on the world she inhabits’, choosing ‘to allow her journey to inform her work’.
This small show aims to give a sense of her observational wit and insight that animates all of Daphne’s work as well as the sheer, hard-won excellence of her skills as a draughtsperson and colourist which underpin her apparent ease and as a well-rounded painter.
Exhibition on until 29 November 2019.