Judith Mason (1938 - 2016) was a painter and graphic artist of symbolic and mythological landscapes, figures and portraits. Mason worked primarily in oils and pencil but also incorporated various graphic media and found objects into her work as well as having made a number of artists' books. Judith Mason drew and painted in reaction to her world: political events, books that she read, snippets of history or poetry which caught her eye, or the experience of particular people or animals. She taught art at the Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in Florence (Italy), the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT), at the University of the Witwatersrand and privately. Her work is represented in South African national art collections and museums and internationally in private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Yale University, The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC. Mason's most well known public commission is The Man Who Sang and the Woman Who Kept Silent aka The Blue Dress (1998) at The Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, South Africa. Justice Albie Sachs considers the piece to be "one of the great pieces of art in the world of the late 20th century."
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