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Max Mason

Sky Light

May 5 - 29, 2021

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Afternoon On The Missouri  26" x 32"  Oil On Canvas

Afternoon On The Missouri

26" x 32"

Oil On Canvas

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Approaching Storm, Saline County  22″ x 40″  Oil On Canvas

Approaching Storm, Saline County

30″ x 40″

Oil On Canvas

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Big Sky In The Bottomlands  52" x 64"  Oil On Canvas

Big Sky In The Bottomlands

52" x 64"

Oil On Canvas

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Cliff Swallows Over The Missouri  40" x 36"  Oil On Canvas

Cliff Swallows Over The Missouri

40" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

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Corn Crib, Winter Fields  24" x 30"  Oil On Canvas

Corn Crib, Winter Fields (SOLD)

24" x 30"

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Country Road  30" x 40"  Oil On Canvas

Country Road (SOLD)

30" x 40"

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Evening On The Missouri  22″ x 32″  Oil On Canvas

Evening On The Missouri

26" x 32"

Oil On Canvas

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Farm Road in Winter  11" x 14"  Oil On Panel (SOLD)

Farm Road In Winter (SOLD)

11" x 14"

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Flood, Bottomlands  8" x 10"  Oil On Panel

Flood, Bottomlands (SOLD)

8" x 10"

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Heating Up  8" x 10"  Oil On Canvas

Heating Up (SOLD)

8" x 10"

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Hot Sky  8" x 10"  Oil On Panel

Hot Sky (SOLD)

8" x 10"

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Missouri Bottomlands  22″ x 16″  Oil On Panel

Missouri Bottomlands

16" x 20"

Oil On Panel

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Morning On The Missouri  26" x 32"  Oil On Canvas

Morning On The Missouri

26" x 32"

Oil On Canvas

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Rosy Fingers, Napton, MO  16" x 20"  Oil On Board

Rosy Fingers, Napton (SOLD)

16" x 20"

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Saline County, Summer Sky  22″ x 40″  Oil On Canvas

Saline County, Summer Sky

30″ x 40″

Oil On Canvas

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Silos, Cows, Crows  22" x 28"  Oil On Canvas

Silos, Cows, Crows

22" x 28"

Oil On Canvas

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Snowed In, Napton  16" x 20"  Oil On Board

Snowed In, Napton (SOLD)

16" x 20"

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Storm Approaching Napton  14" x 18"  Oil On Board

Storm Approaching, Napton

18" x 14"

Oil On Board

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Summer Bottomlands  9" x 12"  Oil On Board

Summer Bottomlands (SOLD)

9" x 12"

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The Flood Of 2018  36″ x 22″  Oil On Canvas

The Flood Of 2018

36″ x 22″

Oil On Canvas

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Twilight, Saline County  26" x 22"  Oil On Canvas

Twilight, Saline County

26" x 22"

Oil On Canvas

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Venus Rising  30" x 40"  Oil On Canvas

Venus Rising

30" x 40"

Oil On Canvas

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Afternoon On The Missouri  26" x 32"  Oil On Canvas

Afternoon On The Missouri

26" x 32"

Oil On Canvas

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Approaching Storm, Saline County  22″ x 40″  Oil On Canvas

Approaching Storm, Saline County

30″ x 40″

Oil On Canvas

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Big Sky In The Bottomlands  52" x 64"  Oil On Canvas

Big Sky In The Bottomlands

52" x 64"

Oil On Canvas

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Cliff Swallows Over The Missouri  40" x 36"  Oil On Canvas

Cliff Swallows Over The Missouri

40" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

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Corn Crib, Winter Fields  24" x 30"  Oil On Canvas

Corn Crib, Winter Fields (SOLD)

24" x 30"

Oil On Canvas

Country Road  30" x 40"  Oil On Canvas

Country Road (SOLD)

30" x 40"

Oil On Canvas

Evening On The Missouri  22″ x 32″  Oil On Canvas

Evening On The Missouri

26" x 32"

Oil On Canvas

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Farm Road in Winter  11" x 14"  Oil On Panel (SOLD)

Farm Road In Winter (SOLD)

11" x 14"

Oil On Panel

Flood, Bottomlands  8" x 10"  Oil On Panel

Flood, Bottomlands (SOLD)

8" x 10"

Oil On Panel

Heating Up  8" x 10"  Oil On Canvas

Heating Up (SOLD)

8" x 10"

Oil On Canvas

Hot Sky  8" x 10"  Oil On Panel

Hot Sky (SOLD)

8" x 10"

Oil On Panel

Missouri Bottomlands  22″ x 16″  Oil On Panel

Missouri Bottomlands

16" x 20"

Oil On Panel

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Morning On The Missouri  26" x 32"  Oil On Canvas

Morning On The Missouri

26" x 32"

Oil On Canvas

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Rosy Fingers, Napton, MO  16" x 20"  Oil On Board

Rosy Fingers, Napton (SOLD)

16" x 20"

Oil On Board

Saline County, Summer Sky  22″ x 40″  Oil On Canvas

Saline County, Summer Sky

30″ x 40″

Oil On Canvas

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Silos, Cows, Crows  22" x 28"  Oil On Canvas

Silos, Cows, Crows

22" x 28"

Oil On Canvas

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Snowed In, Napton  16" x 20"  Oil On Board

Snowed In, Napton (SOLD)

16" x 20"

Oil On Board

Storm Approaching Napton  14" x 18"  Oil On Board

Storm Approaching, Napton

18" x 14"

Oil On Board

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Summer Bottomlands  9" x 12"  Oil On Board

Summer Bottomlands (SOLD)

9" x 12"

Oil On Board

The Flood Of 2018  36″ x 22″  Oil On Canvas

The Flood Of 2018

36″ x 22″

Oil On Canvas

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Twilight, Saline County  26" x 22"  Oil On Canvas

Twilight, Saline County

26" x 22"

Oil On Canvas

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Venus Rising  30" x 40"  Oil On Canvas

Venus Rising

30" x 40"

Oil On Canvas

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"As a child I longed for light as I wandered the dark, dense woods behind our house in suburban Boston. Stone walls snaked in every direction, evidence of the early farmers need to create open space so that their crops could grow and animals graze. The Missouri family farm was and is a whole different ballgame. The long, wide, flat horizons seem to bring the sky closer to earth. The squared off order of the fields and roads give everything a kind of compositional clarity. The visual structure and intensity of the sky's light has a visual power lacking in the east. To look up and be startled by a quickly approaching dark purple thunder storm, the soft pinks and yellows of a winter sunrise, or a swarm of cliff swallows feasting on a new hatch of mayflies above the Missouri River is to feel connected to the larger world. These paintings are a celebration of those and other joys."

-Max Mason III

Exhibition Statement

Cliff Swallows On The Missouri, 40" x 36", Oil On Canvas

A sense of wistful longing and childlike wonder can be found in Max Mason’s landscape oil paintings, depicting mid-Missouri vistas. Well known for his baseball-themed works, Mason has shifted to another quintessentially American subject - the family farm.  Mason’s family farm is located in western Missouri, where he spent his summers as a child. He returns frequently to experience the gently rolling plains, rushing turbulent rivers and dramatic storm clouds that grace his expansive landscapes.

Many of the paintings are dedicated to the large, Midwestern sky, which often takes up more than two-thirds of the canvas. Each work creates a unique mood.  Mason uses his expressive brushwork to depict specific, sometimes nameable cloud formations, as well as the transient moment when early evening light disappears into night.  The artist’s brushstrokes bounce and curve to create form; they churn and swirl to depict an approaching storm, and they stretch above the viewer to create a canopy of lights and shadows. Long country roads lead toward the horizon and beyond, inviting the viewer into the painting and into a lush, rural world.

Artist Bio

Approaching Storm, 30" x 40", Oil On Canvas

Max Mason grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts. After graduating from Vassar College with a degree in Geology in 1975 he came to Philadelphia in 1981 to study at the University of Pennsylvania with landscape painter Neil Welliver. He is represented by the Gross McCleaf Gallery where he has shown his landscape, still life and baseball paintings since 1985. 

Artist Center Image

The Flood Of 2018, 36" x 32", Oil On Canvas