Neil R. Mason, is a Welsh wildlife sculptor based near Llandeilo, West Wales. Displaying natural talent he intuitively gravitated to sculpting wildlife from a young age. His artistic talent, but maybe not his creativity, lay dormant whilst he pursued a successful professional career in mental healthcare, serving in both clinical and senior managerial positions. Around 2009 Neil’s artistic passion re-emerged when he felt compelled to reacquaint himself with sculpture and share his inspiration. He now exhibits across the UK within galleries and art societies and his work can be found in private collections as far afield as New Zealand. Neil’s sculptures have attracted multiple awards, including winning the sculpture category at The David Shepherd Foundation, Wildlife Artist of The Year, and he is an Honorary Fellow at The Wildlife Art Society International.
Deriving fascination from wildlife’s biodiverse adaptation, Neil employs Sumerian pictographic and ideogrammatic communication during its developmental interplay betwixt image and text. He metaphorically corresponds both the agency of animals “super-powers” and the innovation of cuneiform writing (a means to exchange more advanced ideas and complex concepts) with our innate adaptive creativity as we develop our bio-psychosocial narrative. His bronzes combine representational form with calligraphic resonance, rendering an underlaying complexity and meaning.
Neil Collaborates with The Wales Centre for Advanced Batch Manufacturing (CBM), University of Wales Trinity St David, accessing their expertise and state-of-the-art technology to digitally scan, cache and 3D print his sculptures. These replicas then undergo the traditional lost wax process to produce the finished Bronze Sculptures.