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. Using the cultural inception of Mesopotamian cuneiform writing as an artistic device, Neil re-imagines cuneiform tablets as though moulds, employing the cuneiform characters, or negative voids, to cast new positive triangular clay versions. These cuneiform characters are then retro-assembled to a boundary in antiquity where they are still recognisable animal representations, but are on the cusp of segmenting into abstract characters that will form word-concepts or ideograms. He aims to embody this transformative momentum as it reaches out to a more contemporary form of expression.

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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. Using the cultural inception of Mesopotamian cuneiform writing as an artistic device, Neil re-imagines cuneiform tablets as though moulds, employing the cuneiform characters, or negative voids, to cast new positive triangular clay versions. These cuneiform characters are then retro-assembled to a boundary in antiquity where they are still recognisable animal representations, but are on the cusp of segmenting into abstract characters that will form word-concepts or ideograms. He aims to embody this transformative momentum as it reaches out to a more contemporary form of expression.

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