Born in 1928, Christopher Mason studied at Chelsea School of Art and won a scholarship which allowed him to carry on his art in Paris. This was the beginning of a love affair with this country which has continued to this day. Although he pursued a career in film making, he carried on painting and in 1980 felt inspired enough to take up painting full time.
Married to Joanna Carrington, niece of Dora Carrington of the Bloomsbury Group, he early on left convention behind. This disregard for convention influenced Mason’s work and although he was also influenced by Van Gogh, Derain, Matisse and Scottish Colourists such as Cadell and Peploe, he is very much his own man. Mason’s paintings are landscapes of the French countryside and his love of colour harmonies imbues his paintings with a profound sense of mystery.
Mason lived with Jonanna Carrington in many areas of France until her death in 2003. He now lives in the Indre. He has exhibited widely in France as well as in the Thackeray Gallery in 1994.
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