Composition Series 2013 –

The series called simply: Compositions, was begun in 2013, and is still in progress. In her late 80’s, Daphne has chosen this series of structured canvases as the means of distilling motifs and themes that she has explored throughout her artistic career.  Like visual Sonatas, the series states her subject matter (both visually and conceptually), exploring and developing the themes, before restating the theme in a more complex and triumphant form. With apparent references to childhood and adult memories, these works seem to allude to key locations and stages in the artist’s life. Composition 1, which bears traces of Daphne’s childhood in the Art Deco environment of Napier, seems to reference the beckoning sea, and the jagged waves of the Napier earthquake she lived through as a very young girl.

Howl (Baying on a moon night). 2012. Oil on canvas. 102cm W x 76cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
Howl (Baying on a moon night). 2012. Oil on canvas. 102cm W x 76cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason

While continuing to explore the theme of puzzles and implied or hidden connections, also evident in 2012’s Nebulon Series, this series also demonstrates Daphne’s lifelong exploration of balance and movement, through the juxtaposition of colour and form. A colourist at heart, Daphne weighs each tone and colour, moving between images of rest, and those which seem almost to shake the viewer awake.

This series is also a testament to her vigour and passionate commitment to her craft, as she still continues to paint for hours each day at her easel, despite her 88 years.

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Selected works from the Composition Series:

Composition 1. 2013. $2300. 45.5cm H x 45.5cm W. Oil on canvas stretcher. Unframed. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 1. 2013.45.5cm H x 45.5cm W. Oil on canvas stretcher. Unframed. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 2. 2013. $2300. 45.5cm H x 45.5cm W. Oil on canvas stretcher. Unframed. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 2. 2013. 45.5cm H x 45.5cm W. Oil on canvas stretcher. Unframed. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 3. 2013. $2300. 45.5cm H x 45.5cm W. Oil on canvas stretcher. Unframed. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 3. 2013.  45.5cm H x 45.5cm W. Oil on canvas stretcher. Unframed. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 6. 2013. $2300. 45.5cm H x 45.5cm W. Oil on canvas stretcher. Unframed. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 6. 2013. 45.5cm H x 45.5cm W. Oil on canvas stretcher. Unframed. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 13. 2013. $2300. 45.5cm H x 45.5cm W. Oil on canvas stretcher. Unframed. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 13. 2013. 45.5cm H x 45.5cm W. Oil on canvas stretcher. Unframed. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 14. 2013. $3200. 45.5cm H x 45.5cm W. Oil on canvas stretcher. Unframed. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 14. 2013. 76cm H x 76cm W. Oil on canvas stretcher. Unframed. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 18. 2013. Oil on canvas stretcher. 46cm W x 46cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason.
Composition 18. 2013. Oil on canvas stretcher. 46cm W x 46cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason.
Composition 22. 2014. Oil on canvas stretcher. 76cm W x 76cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 22. 2014. Oil on canvas stretcher. 76cm W x 76cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 23. 2014. Oil on canvas stretcher. 76cm W x 76cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 23. 2014. Oil on canvas stretcher. 76cm W x 76cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 24. 2014. Oil on canvas stretcher. 46cm W x 46cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 24. 2014. Oil on canvas stretcher. 46cm W x 46cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 25. 2014. Daphne Mason. 45.5cm H x 45.5cm W. Oil on canvas stretcher. Private Collection. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 25. 2014. Daphne Mason. 45.5cm H x 45.5cm W. Oil on canvas stretcher. Private Collection. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 29. 2015. Oil on canvas stretcher. 46cm W x 46cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 29. 2015. Oil on canvas stretcher. 46cm W x 46cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 30. 2015. Oil on canvas stretcher. 46cm W x 46cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 30. 2015. Oil on canvas stretcher. 46cm W x 46cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 33. 2015. Oil on canvas stretcher. 45.5cm W x 61cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 33. 2015. Oil on canvas stretcher. 45.5cm W x 61cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 34. 2015. Oil on canvas stretcher. 45.5cm W x 61cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 34. 2015. Oil on canvas stretcher. 45.5cm W x 61cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 35. 2015. Oil on canvas stretcher. 76.5cm W x 76cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
Composition 35. 2015. Oil on canvas stretcher. 76.5cm W x 76cm H. Copyright Daphne Mason
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