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Mason Kimber (b 1985, Perth, Australia) is a Sydney-based visual artist who works across painting, sculptural reliefs, collage and installation. His practice explores the interplay between architecture, place and memory. By reworking images and casts of architectural fragments into new compositions, Kimber traces the way civic history accumulates in the built fabric of cities, as much as personal memories accumulate in the mind. Both are subject to a constant process of decay and re-inscription.

Selected projects include: MCA Collection: Perspectives on place, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2021); Strata, Kronenberg Mais Wright, Sydney (2021); Prologue: Tongue on tongue / nos salives dans ton oreille, Galerie Allen, Paris (2019); Future Relics, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne (2018); Slanted Mansions, COMA, Sydney (2018); and NEW16, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2016).

Kimber is currently a PhD candidate at UNSW Art & Design and holds a Master of Fine Art (painting) from the National Art School, Sydney. He has been a finalist the Sulman Prize, Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, Sunshine Coast Art Prize and NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging). He has been awarded studio residencies at the British School at Rome, Italy, Parramatta Artists Studios and Artspace, Sydney. His work is held in the collections of Artbank and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Kimber is a lecturer in Painting at the National Art School, Sydney, a lecturer at UNSW Art + Design and a tutor in Art Processes & Architecture at the University of Sydney, School of Architecture.

Mason Kimber is represented by Kronenberg Mais Wright, Sydney and Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne.


Education

2020-           
PhD candidate, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney

2013           
Master of Fine Art (Painting), National Art School, Sydney

2008            
Bachelor of Art (Honours), Curtin University of Technology, Perth

Solo Exhibitions

2021           
Strata, Kronenberg Mais Wright, Sydney

2019           
Afternoon, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne

2018           
Slanted Mansions, COMA, Sydney
Future Relics, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne

2017           
Arcades, Galerie pompom, Sydney

2015           
Oltre la Vista, Galerie pompom, Sydney

2014           
Stranger At Home, Archive Space, Sydney

2013           
Screen Memory, MOP Projects, Sydney
Sin Rastros (Without A Trace), Residencia Corazon, La Plata, Argentina

Group Exhibitions

2021
Shelter in Place, Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorne, VIC 

2021
MCA Collection: Perspectives on place, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney    

2020
ABSTRACTION 2020, Kronenberg Mais Wright, Sydney             
Daylight, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne

2019           
Tongue on tongue / nos salives dans ton oreille, curated by Prologue, Galerie Allen, Paris, France
Sumer Gallery at Spring 1883, The Establishment, Sydney
The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

2018           
Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize (Emerging), curated by Nike Savvas, NAS Gallery, Sydney
Pulp Fiction, curated by Ron Adams, Galerie pompom, Sydney

2017           
Paper Cuts, curated by Kristian Day, Tripp Gallery, London, UK
Young Moderns, Lewers House Gallery, Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith
Master of Three Worlds, COMA, Sydney

2016           
Galerie pompom at Auckland Art Fair, The Cloud, Auckland
NEW16, curated by Annika Kristensen, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Interiors/Exteriors, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney

2015           
NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging), curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor and Talia Linz, Artspace, Sydney
Right Here, Right Now, curated by Michael Do, Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest, Penrith
Roman Remains, curated by Cathy Lomax, Transition Gallery, London, UK
Facade, curated by Sophia Kouyoumdjian and Liz Chang, Artereal Gallery, Sydney
Sydney Painting Now, Galerie pompom, Sydney

2014           
June Mostra, curated by Marco Palmieri, British School at Rome, Italy
Spazi Aperti, Romanian Academy in Rome, Italy
The InterGalactic Image Factory, Liverpool Street Gallery, Sydney

2013           
Stockland, Galerie pompom, Sydney
Emporio Armani National Art School Postgraduate Exhibition, National Art School, Sydney
Small Works, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane

2012           
Think Twice, Gallery Eight, Sydney
Kaleidoscope, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Gallery, Venice, Italy

2009           
Better History, Seven Eleven Gallery, New York, US
Curtin Degree Show, Department of Art, Curtin University of Technology, Perth

2006           
Transience, curated by Ric Spencer, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia

2004            
Art in Bloom, Art Gallery of Western Australia

2002           
Year 12 Perspectives, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Awards/Grants/Residencies

2020           
Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (RTP), UNSW Art + Design, Sydney

2019           
Arts Projects for Individuals Grant, Australia Council
Finalist, The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Finalist, Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Finalist, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD

2018           
Art Incubator Grant Recipient
Finalst, Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Gallery, VIC
Studio Residency, C.A.P. Studio, Chiang Mai, Thailand
One Year Studio Residency, Waverley Artists Studios, Sydney

2017           
One Year Studio Residency, Artspace, Sydney

2015           
Finalist, NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging), Sydney

2014           
Studio Residency, Parramatta Artists Studios, NSW
Finalist, Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Sydney
Finalist, Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize, Sydney
Finalist, The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Victoria
ArtStart Grant, Australia Council
National Art School studio residency, British School at Rome, Italy

2013           
Artist in Residence, Residencia Corazon, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2012            
Postgraduate Residency, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy

2008           
Artflight Grant, Department of Culture and the Arts

2007            
Finalist, Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Sydney

Teaching Appointments

2021
Sessional Lecturer, Painting, National Art School, Sydney
Casual Tutor, Studio Art Practice, UNSW Art + Design, Sydney

2019-20       
Sessional Lecturer, Painting, National Art School, Sydney
Casual Tutor, Art Processes and Architecture, University of Sydney, School of Architecture

2016-19       
Casual Academic, Painting, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney

2016-18       
Casual Artist Educator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Bibliography

2020
Art Collector Magazine, 30th September: ‘Pull Focus with Mason Kimber’: Jo Higgins
ADSR Zine, Issue 10: ‘Surface Activations’: Mason Kimber
VAST Magazine, Issue 1: Mason Kimber - Fragments of Recollection            
Art Collector Magazine, Issue 91: ‘Collectors Love - Mason Kimber’: Sharne Wolff

2019           
Floorr Magazine, Issue 20: ‘Mason Kimber’: Simek Shropshire
Broadsheet Sydney, 14th March: ‘Creative Couples: Mariam Arcilla and Mason Kimber’: Pilar Mitchell
VAULT Magazine, Issue 25: ‘Artefacts’: Mason Kimber

2018           
The Design Files, 19th September: ‘Preserving Relics Of Personal Histories’: Sally Tabart
Ex. Cat, September: ‘Slanted Mansions’: Mariam Arcilla

2017           
The Sydney Morning Herald, 17th March: ‘Why you need to see...Mason Kimber': Katie Milton

2016           
Art Collector – Auckland Art Fair Special Edition, May: ‘Mason Kimber': Camilla Wagstaff
NEW16 Ex. Cat, April: ‘Painting Ruins – Ruined paintings (Acts of art in the frame of cinema and architecture)': Dr Sam Spurr
The Guardian, 11th March: ‘NEW16 Review – artists’ processes are put under the microscope‘: Toby Fehily

2015           
Art Guide Australia, 17th April: ‘Mason Kimber‘: Steve Dow
The Art Life, 6th April: ‘Oltre la Vista‘: Sharne Wolff
Ex. Cat, April: ‘Oltre la Vista’: Nick Tobias
Habitus Living, 30th March: ‘Artist Q+A: Mason Kimber
Buro 24/7 Australia, 24th March: ‘When in Rome: Mason Kimber’s Fresco Perspective
Art Collector Magazine, Issue 71 Jan-Mar 2015, pp 108-109: ‘Debutantes‘: Kate Britton

2014           
Arty Magazine, Issue 34 – Rome: ‘Fresco/Abstraction’
ArtsHub, 20th March: ‘Rome Residency Awarded to NAS Graduate’: Gina Fairley
Ex. Cat, March: ‘Stranger at Home’: David Greenhalgh
The Art Life, 7th February: ‘The InterGalactic Image Factory’: Sharne Wolff

2013           
The Sydney Morning Herald, 9-10 November: ‘Screen Memory’ – Open Gallery: Michael Fitzgerald
Broadsheet Sydney, 22nd October: ‘Mason Kimber’s Screen Memory’: Sam Preston
Ex. Cat, October: ‘Screen Memory’: Dr Ian Grieg

2008           
Insite Magazine, Winter Edition:‘Time Traveller’: Fiona Adolph
The West Australian, 27th February:‘Defining Young Careers’: Gail Robinson

Collections

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Artbank Australia
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery