Cover | Stephen Von Mason
Queen Hatshepsut: From Princess to King (2014, oil on canvas). Stephen Von Mason uses oils on canvas to create stylized, rich colored paintings. Mason’s work is deeply—yet subtly—focused on story and narrative, and he provides a critical view of social and cultural dynamics through his art. Mason also makes skillful use of the viewer’s desire to engage with his work on an intellectual level, and the more time one spends with each piece, the more questions arise that the viewer feels compelled to answer. Additionally, each piece is aesthetically compelling; the artist’s use of color gives his work depth and richness, and his elegant use of line gives the work a timeless quality. He was born in 1954 in Indiana and currently lives in the Bay Area. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. The Egyptian pharaoh depicted here reigned c. 1479 to 1458 B.C. StephenVonMason4.see.me
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