Artist Profile: Glenn Barkley on Chris Mason

With a practice spanning sculpture, drawing and painting, Chris Mason’s practice is primarily known for his representations of voluptuous women, as well as his penchant for reptilian life.

In this video curator and artist Glenn Barkley talks through the “fleshy quality” of Mason’s ceramic women, noting Mason’s historical referents and talking through the highly unique ways Mason captures a subject that’s been long-represented in art: the female human body. 

Mason has worked in the Arts Project Australia studio since 1997 and has held solo exhibitions at Darren Knight Gallery and Arts Project Australia, alongside showing in numerous group exhibitions including Spring1883, The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne, 2018; The Public Body, Artspace, Sydney, 2017; Summer on the blue seat, West Space, Melbourne, 2016; and Outsiderism, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philapelphia, USA. Collections include the National Gallery of Australia, State Library of Victoria and National Gallery of Victoria.

This video has been made possible by the generous support of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation.