Born in Northern New Jersey but uprooted quite often during her younger years, Angie Mason grew up all over New Jersey and other places such as Puerto Rico and Florida. She received her B.F.A. in ‘97 from Parsons School of Design in New York City. Mason’s works are exhibited throughout the United States and Internationally in such places as Berlin, London, Tokyo and Cannes.
A chaotic disjointed upbringing helped form her visual imagination and sensibilities at an early age. Angie’s works are strong in color and heavy in character concepts. Other varied influences in her work range from such things as humor, relationships, dreams, love, failure and illness. There is a balance of light and dark that intermingle in her work creating a visual playground bringing to life quirky characters that are beautifully rendered yet with a painterly hand gives them an innocent raw touch.
Within the Artwork of Angie Mason one finds a realm dark & wonderful where her saturnine creatures exist with their touching sad yet hysterical scenarios. These seemingly cute characters are in fact twisted, moody bruised souls. They are monstrous beings that are sad, ugly, losers who have a longing and desire for something better combined with a hint of innocence there is an air of hope in Mason’s work. Making characters and worlds that are both horrific and humorous, yet speaks of what it means to be human. Her melancholy menagerie of characters and worlds are a funny, whimsical, dark and tragic view at the wonderful mess of life.
– See more of her work at www.angiemason.com
I visually explore the twisted combinations of opposites through the creation of slightly off characters by combining elements of humor and sadness, dark and light, innocence and danger, cute and ugly playing them against each other in a perfect tug of war balance .
The human experience is full of many strange tragic moments that are so sad yet, at the same time, so full of comedy. It is this type of life truth that I choose to focus on within my work. By using my characters as a way to paint my truths about being human I create this balance or tug of war between good and evil, hope and despair. We all have to face demons in our lives and in my paintings my characters are sometimes facing theirs or are in fact the demon themselves.
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