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Drawing for a Terracotta
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2021. Photo credit: Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

Drawing for a Terracotta 1953

Raymond Mason (1922–2010)

Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

Sculptor in bronze and epoxy resin and stage designer, born in Birmingham. The son of a motor mechanic brought up in a poor part of Birmingham, Mason wanted to be a research chemist, but his art master persuaded him to study at the city’s School of Arts and Crafts, 1937. After being invalided out of the Royal Navy Mason was briefly at Royal College of Art, 1942, then at Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford, 1943, and Slade School of Fine Art, 1943–6. In the latter year Mason decided to settle in Paris, where he continued to work, being granted a French State Scholarship to École des Beaux-Arts. After mounting a first show of coloured abstract sculptures at Galerie Maeght, Mason went figurative under the influence of Giacometti. His first important work was Man in the Street, of 1952.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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