When I examine ancient cultures it is always part of
the search for historical truth, fueling my interest to
make paintings that explore, challenge and honor. My
work is primarily about triumph, celebration and sanctuary
while paying homage to extraordinary people
that brought us humanity from their pivotal contributions
to our development. My mission as an artist is to
try and secure their inclusion and mine, in the historical
narrative of monumental achievements that matter.
With my art I hope to change the current
conversation to a more open and honest dialogue and
force us all to revisit the way we view Art, History and
Stephen Von Mason was born in Indiana and currently lives in California. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Stephen Von Mason (American, 1954 -) BIBLIOGRAPHY 1954 Born: South Bend, Indiana - 1971 – 1972 Studied figure drawing at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN – college preparatory 1973 – 1977 Studied printmaking and painting at John Herron School of Art, BFA, Indianapolis, IN 1977 –1979 Studied printmaking and painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, MFA, San Francisco, California 1981 – 1983 Taught at the University of California, Berkeley, California with the ASUC division 1991 Lectured at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA and the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA 1992 Fleishhacker Foundation, Eureka Fellowship Finalist in painting, Nominated by Robert Flynn Johnson, San Francisco, CA. Oakland, CA 2008 Teaching art at Making Waves Academy, Richmond, CA 2010 – 2011 Taught painting over the summer at the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA 2012 Received an invitation from President Barack Obama to present my Art Program’s success with Making Waves Academy to the “President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities” at a Salon Hosted by Pamela Joyner in San Francisco. Other presenters were, Alfre Woodard, Theaster Gates, Louis Vuitton and Pixar.
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