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Jeff Mason’s ‘New and Revised Paintings’ on Display
July 27 • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm• Free
“The walls of our house were covered in art,” says Eugene artist Jeff Mason, “and the coffee table always had some art book on it that my mother had out from the library.” Such early immersion into the world of art set Mason, who grew up in New Jersey, on a lifelong journey that would lead to the Art Student’s League in New York and then, in 1994 at the age of 25, to the University of Oregon, where he received a bachelor’s degree in painting. “In 2003,” he says, “I gave up a stable life in Eugene and began traveling, often spending winters painting in Oaxaca, Mexico, but also traveling to all four corners of the States and extensively throughout western Europe.” Mason’s paintings seem to salvage dignity — perhaps you could call it “soul” — from past objects, not quite lost or forsaken but juxtaposed against the ruins of modernity, and his human portraits enact a similar magic that recalls, at times, the post-impressionist textures of Van Gogh. His sense of color is exquisite, perhaps a gift bestowed by his commercial-artist father who “trained me to be sensitive to the visual world by doing things like pointing out that ‘hint of green’ in an evening sky.”
Jeff Mason’s exhibit, “New and Revised Paintings,” including works from Eugene and Oaxaca, opens Friday, July 27, with a reception 7 to 9 pm at Wandering Goat, 268 Madison. His work will also be on display at Sam Bond’s Garage, located at 407 Blair Blvd. FREE. — Rick Levin