Mason Ball is a 51 year old New Zealander who was born in Whitianga, New Zealand.
He is currently an English Language Teacher in Wellington where he lives with his wife and three children.
He grew up in artistic surroundings. His father was cartoonist, Murray Ball, and his uncle Barry a renown potter and artist. Growing up in Gisborne he was influenced by his high school art teachers, Daryl File, Richard Rogers, Graeme Mudge and Norman Maclean... all established artists in their own rights. His god-father was John Hovell, a prominent Maori artist and carver.
Despite spending time as a journalist, bar worker, farmhand and pizza maker, the spirit of the school art room was retained and art became a sanctuary, where he could feel comfortable and express himself.
In 2001 he took part in a combined exhibition called Matariki with other Rotorua artists at the Scholes Gallery at Whakarewarewa. While traveling he learned batik in Indonesia and went from “tattooing”jeans on the back step of a cottage in Berry Street, Gisborne to an easel in a single room fishing crib in Thailand. Later while living and working in a backpackers in Grafton, Auckland, he would paint rant poems in acrylic, working on his knee in a secluded corner.
In Australia he started sketching in ink and watercolour pencil in the tradition of Graeme Mudge; a legendary artist and sculptor in Gisborne and painted abstracts on his cousin’s back porch in the evenings and on Sunday afternoons while listening to rugby league commentary.
Returning to his hometown, Gisborne for a time he looked after a liquor store where the hours were long, but had the benefit of a back storage room where between serving punters, painting and collage could be done. This was where the "Bottle Shop Collages" (featured in this selection of works) originated.
After that he spent 7 years in Tokyo, Japan where language students provided the material for him to illustrate some unusual situations and sayings which came up in the classroom. These works have explanatory captions, and are collectively called ‘Eh,B,C’
In 2015 he returned to Wellington where canvases, collages and designs are now being produced out of a suburban garage. firstname.lastname@example.org See these and our other Trade Me listings at trade.me/wellingtonhelp