Artist: Marceline Mason
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"
Location: 1st Fl.
“classical realism is totally perfect, [but] I prefer 19th-century academic realism, where there’s something that almost looks real, but there’s an emotional and personal feel to it, as well.” Mason likens her detailed-but-not-overly-painted approach to renowned artists John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt. “They’re detailed in their, say, faces, and they have the light exact, but there’s a mess of brush strokes that brings emotion to the piece. In painting, if you get too detailed, it feels like you’re squeezing it to death. What I set out to accomplish is done by a leap of faith, and then deciding if it’s good enough or not.”
Marceline Mason received her BFA from West Virginia University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Living in Detroit has transformed Mason’s body of work, which is inspired by the neighborhoods and communities around her. Mason attempts to convey the very soul of the homes she paints through studied brushwork and a unique color palette. Beyond houses, Mason paints landscapes, interiors, figures, and animals. She’s shown her works at the Detroit Artists Market and the Scarab Club in Detroit, in addition to The Hatch Gallery in Hamtramck and the Black Box Gallery in Dearborn.
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