Mason Storm portrait - Copyright Hang up gallery

Mason Storm/ Unknown

United Kingdom 1966

Painting

Mason Storm
Unknown
Male
United Kingdom
1966

Mason Storm is an artist known worldwide for his bold, provocative works. Not to be confused with the porn star of the same name, British artist Mason Storm has made a name for himself in the art genres of sculpture, print and realistic canvas art pieces. Apart from his art, Mason Storm is known for his interesting masks which he uses to hide his identity and create the notion of mystic surrounding his personality.

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Mason Storm – New York’s Finest

Politically Charged Topics in the Work of Mason Storm

Mason Storm was born in London in 1974. Before he begun to pursue his artistic career he spent some time in working in the variety of industries and worked as Judo and self-defense instructor, freelance security contractor and consultant, journalist specializing in intelligence, espionage, and terrorism. The artist graduated law and also spend some time working as a barrister. Mason Storm wondered in the world of art by chance. One day his Judo class was canceled so the artist entered an art class held in the same youth center. He continued to come over for 15 years and to work hand in hand with people who went on to become Royal Academy, The Royal College, and Saint Martins college art graduates.

Apart from his art, Mason Storm is known for his interesting masks which he uses to hide his identity and create the mystic surrounding his personality

People contact Storm in London or email him for new sign prints
Mason Storm – Baghdad Clown Town (left)/ Little Terror (right)

The Banksy Controversy and Banksy-inspired Artwork

The artist came to prominence in 2010 when he claimed that he will reveal the identity of the world’s most famous street artist Banksy. This public stunt that was meant to promote a group show Mason Storm participated in, changed the life of the artist and resulted in mixed reactions from people. On one side it had gotten the artist some much-desired publicity, on the other, he and his fellow artist have received a lot of death threats. Later on, the artist responded to the controversy by painting an art piece inspired by Banksy in which he was portrayed as a monkey to reflect on his Laugh Now Monkey stencils series. Mason Storm is one of the artists known for using their works to comment on the political issues such as terrorism and racism. The artist creates an array of portraits of famous figures like David Bowie, Steeve McQueen, and Kat von D. These famous figures are usually portrayed in unusual settings with unusual props to convey a variety of messages.

From soldier-inspired art pieces to crack baby sculpture the artist continues to shock and raise awareness of religious and political hypocrisy

New sign print in the series of art prints in the life of Mason Storm
Mason Storm – Icons

From Baroque to Urban Art

Apart from the celebrities, the artist is also inspired by famous paintings dating from Caravaggio and baroque to Damien Hirst. Mason Storm makes thought-provoking interpretations of famous art pieces adding elements typical of today like McDonald’s food and mobile phones to create clever and at times, humorous juxtapositions. His works portray the images of children gambling, soldiers throwing pies and tough guys holding bunnies. A majority of Mason Storm’s paintings are also available as prints. Apart from his thought-provoking paintings and prints the artist also makes a variety of sculptures dealing with equally provocative topics. From American soldiers to crack babies the artist continues to shock and raise awareness of religious and political hypocrisy around the world.

Mason Storm lives and works in London, UK.

References:

  1. Anonimys., (2014), Interview : Mason Storm, , Street Art United States, [March 22,2017]
  2. Sharp C., (2014), Meet The Artist: Mason Storm, Hang Up Gallery, [March 22, 2017]

Featured images : Mason Storm – Portrait
Images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015 Pious Fraud Contemporary Chester Solo
2015Stil up yours on main streetUpart studioGroup
2014 Hang-Up Collections Volume I Hang-Up Gallery, London Group
2014Xmas Exhibition Hang-Up Gallery, London Group
2012The Resurrection Exhibition The Digital Photogallery - Weston-super-Mare Group
2012Religionis Violenta London West Bank Gallery Solo
2012CO-ACT Weston arts gallery, Weston-super-Mare Group
2012MS NY New York, USA Solo
2011Broken Britain Centrespace Gallery, BristolGroup
2011 Broken Britain The Rag Factory, London Group
2011Somewhere Between Sacred and Profane 90 Mountgrove Road, Glasgow, United KingdomSolo
2010 XC gallery90, London Group