When in Rome: Mason Kimber’s Fresco perspective

When in Rome: Mason Kimber’s Fresco perspective

Site: Rebecca Caratti

Flicking between the solidarity of architecture and the illusiveness of memory, Mason Kimber's newest paintings at once evoke a sense of Italian wanderlust while also exploring the abstract

In the past year alone, Perth-born, Sydney-based artist Mason Kimber's CV has had quite the makeover. He was awarded the illustrious National Art School's British School at Rome Residency, picked up an ArtStart Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, and has been a  finalist in The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize. To say that he is fast becoming a favourite among curators and collectors-in-the-know is a massive understatement.

This month, Kimber will be making his commercial solo debut when he will grace the walls of Sydney's Galerie Pompom with the works crafted during his Italian stay. Fascinated by Rome's Pompeian frescos and ancient structural ruins, along with the uncertainty that human memory allows, the show beautifully plays with texture, light, ideas of architectural and spatial perspective and the romance of the past, resulting in a body of work that is  sophisticated, fragmented and gently energetic. Not to be missed.

Mason Kimber, Oltre la Vista, Galerie PomPom, April 1-26, 2015,