Ian Mastin was born in Leicestershire, England, grew up in Queensland, Australia, before returning to the UK and settling in East Lothian with his family in the early 1990s. It was here that he picked up a paintbrush for the first time and after a year of experimentation in fundamental techniques, he committed himself to painting full-time.
As a novice, his early works were mainly watercolour and the subject matter varied, but it was his discovery of still life in the traditional style that gave him the direction he had been seeking and the passion to pursue his artistic goal of excellence in this genre in his chosen medium of acrylic.
Plainly influenced by Dutch and Flemish Masters of the 17th Century his work instils a timeless quality that is not bound by tradition or convention. He is instinctively drawn to the effects of chiaroscuro upon the eye and mind and is fascinated how the juxtaposition of seemingly random shapes, texture, colour and tone have the capacity to arrest and delight the viewer in ways which are difficult to define.
He particularly enjoys working with items of simple utilitarian use. Indeed, his predilection is to beget a sense of appreciation in reflecting upon old, used everyday objects which have no intrinsic value except for the richness of their history and the hands they have passed through. In this there is a thread running back to the life of the person who crafted and used the object, though most likely now long forgotten, as well as that same thread beckoning future generations to pause a moment and consider those who have passed this way before, and of the fleeting nature of life.
Ian exhibits regularly throughout Scotland and England. His paintings may be found in collections around the world.
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