Good Stuff Co. online magazine feature
I caught up with Sarah Walker for a shoot and a chat about painting and street art in Melbourne. Read the full interview on The Art Olympics website.
I was invited to live paint a couple of large murals as part of the Yemaya Festival Arts Program, VIC. I also painted a couple of faces while I was at it.
24/11/2014 Strawberry Fields Festival
I was lucky enough to be invited to participate in an amazing weekend of live painting amongst 29 other incredible Artists at Strawberry Fields Festival. I absolutely love Live Art. I loved meeting new people at the festival and getting their thoughts on the piece being created. Due to overwhelmingly great feedback from the weekend I will be releasing a limited edition print of my painting soon. All the paintings will be up for online auction in the coming weeks on the Strawberry website. Painting measures: 2.4m x 1.2m acrylic on MDF.
6/11/2014 Solo Exhibition
16/10/2014 ART/EDIT FEATURE
Lovely people at ART/EDIT magazine featured my painting ‘Session 9‘ in their OCT/DEC issue.
12/9/2014 GROUP SHOW
‘Spring Changes Everything is a group exhibition I co-curated with Jen Slau at White Rabbit Collective. With 10 completely different Artists creating two mural pieces over two days. Half art therapy, half live art experiment we are excited to see what we all come up with.
Lumen Gallery exhibition write up
Sarah Masson is a young Artist, Designer & now Curator. Her pop up gallery ‘An Artspace’ was officially launched last month currently making waves within the Melbourne art scene. Residing in Melbourne, she has a degree in Communication Design from RMIT and has been painting consistently since 2012.
Sarah’s current body of work explores voyeuristic portraiture in a modern impressionist style. She deeply explores the intrinsic relationships between people, as well as the strength in independence and the struggle in finding personal balance. Her subjects, all of which are mostly female, are usually nude, unaffected & confidentially content in their natural state. Her works create an emotional contrast through unapologetic experimentation with expressive lines and vivid colours. Sarah draws inspiration from painters such as Matisse, Basquiat, Ben Quilty and Rhys Lee for their bold choices with colour and fearless use of paint.
Sarah’s distinctive style and remarkably individual flair means she is fast becoming recognisable amongst avid art lovers and Melbourne collectors.
Lumen Gallery in conjunction with An Artspace presents Sarah Masson & Heidi Valkenburg. Join us for opening night drinks, brand new works, performance art & live music! This is the second time Sarah and Heidi have teamed up to share their individual and predominately female driven works. They are excited to be collaborating once again and sharing the beautiful space at Lumen Gallery, 436 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne.
25/6/2014 AN ARTSPACE
This Sunday afternoon June 29th 2014 An Artspace will be home to a Flea Market! This will include local artisans selling art prints, ceramics, retro clothes, jewellery, cakes & more! All these goodies will be in the middle of the current group art exhibition with works by Sarah Masson, Heidi Valkenburg & Kat Phillimore. Upstairs at Carters Public House, 300 High Street Northcote.
Sarah is pleased to announce the first ever exhibition at An Artspace opens on the 14th of June 2014. The show includes work from local emerging female artists Sarah Masson, Heidi Valkenburg & Kat Phillimore. The show closes on the 5th of July. Gallery open: Thursday-Sunday. If you missed the opening have a peak at some photos of the event & exhibition installation on Facebook.
Time For An Artspace
“It’s amazing the overwhelming amount of talent here in Melbourne. I’ve only been here a month and I’ve already fallen into the wonderland of entrepreneur artists of this amazing city. There are so many exhibitions, auctions and chances to feel and experience the work of these artists. A Melbourne artist who I’ve already fallen in love with is the delightful Sarah Mason, painter and illustrator, hailing from trendy Brunswick. Sarah also happens to be putting on her own art exhibition An Artspace in Northcote, opening this Saturday night.
The Grand Opening of the exhibit is the launch of Sarah’s creative vision for an open, ever changing space. Sarah hopes the initiative will assist emerging artists like herself to showcase their work and cradle their ambitions. The show also features works from local artists Heidi Valkenburg and Kat Phillimore. As Founder and Curator of this exciting new gallery and artist run initiative, Sarah’s vision is to create an approachable, accessible and collaborative space for young, driven and inspired creatives like herself. She hopes the exhibit powered by a strong female collective will be the launching pad for greater things to come within Melbourne’s thriving independent art scene.’ I’m so excited to see what the girls have put together.” ♥
Sarah is currently working on a self directed start up gallery project called ‘An Artspace’. Organising pop-up galleries all over Melbourne. The first installment is due to begin mid June 2014 above Carters Public House, 300 High Street Northcote. An Artsoace, curated by Sarah, will showcase the work from local contemporary emerging artists. More information on this project please visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/anartspace
1/3/2014 WHITE RABBIT COLLECTIVE
A3 art prints on display for sale at the White Rabbit Collective retail shop & gallery with a collection of other local Artisan wares. Address: 286 Albert St Brunswick VIC.
1/4/2014 PRINT COMPETITION
5/3/2014 CARTERS MURAL
A new mural by Sarah is in progress at Carters Public House Bar, 300 High St Northcote, VIC.
New paintings on show at the Brunswick Street Gallery 40×40 Prize & Exhibition. The exhibition opens the 21st of December 2013-14th of January 2014. Brunswick Street Gallery: 322 Brunswick St Fitzroy.
“The Union Club Shops & Gallery, open above The Union Club Hotel, is usually home to a range of vintage clothes and records. However, currently the space has been converted into a free gallery to host illustrator and designer Sarah Masson’s beautiful exhibition, entitled Femme Fatale. Her works are mostly comprised of fashion illustrations, depicting young girls in vibrant palettes, using drawing, paint and mixed media. Her works are at times haunting, and always stunning to see.”
“Sarah Masson has a solo exhibition at Union Club Shops & Gallery – above the Union Club Hotel – opening this Thursday. Her Femme Fatale show consists of paintings and drawings of ladies. Unlike the sexual vampires from late nineteenth-century literature, or the conniving and deadly wenches from ’40s and ’50s film noir, these femmes are mostly nude portraits that portray women from a more intimate and varied perspective. There’s certainly the etherial ‘Nymph’ and the fearsome ‘Panthera’, as references to the stereotype of women’s power stemming from their seductive qualities, but there’s also the adolescent flower-child ‘Daisy Baby’ and the thoughtful ‘Pensive Woman’ to modernise Masson’s take on female subjectivity.”
“On Thursday night we took an excursion into our old stamping ground at Collingwood to view Sarah Masson’s first painting exhibition Femme Fatale. It was at the Union Club in Gore St Fitzroy, and the place was abuzz with warmth and excitement. There was a happy neighbourly buzz in the downstairs (pokies free) bar which was obviously a great place for locals to meet. The paintings were all of strong beautiful women, some drawing on myths and legends. Undertones of recycled paintings as well as contrast of textured and flat surfaces added another dimension of interest to the images. It was great to see that a modern young woman’s idea of a strong independent woman also incorporates natural beauty. We may finally be breaking the old stereotype of strong women having no beauty or sexuality. Very optimistic and heartening.”