Mason Mansung Kang Featured in Sedona Art Prize Artist Spotlight
Painter Mason Mansung Kang Follows His Passion Full Time After Retirement from Petroleum Industry
Sedona, AZ: Artist Mason Kang spent the better part of his life working in the petroleum, oil and gas industry, during which time painting was more of a hobby than a career. But at age 61, after he retired in 2012, his hobby became his prime focus and passion, and his accomplishments over the last few years are nothing short of brilliant. Mason is currently competing at the Sedona Art Prize.
Mason Mansung Kang was born in the Republic of Korea (South Korea). He obtained a BS Degree in Chemistry Education from Seoul National University in 1975. Mason worked for the petroleum, oil and gas construction industries until he retired in 2012 after 35 years of service. Learning to paint has been his dream since childhood. He was finally able to pursue painting full time after retirement and began studying at the Graduate School of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, obtaining his Masters Degree in Fine Arts in August 2016.
Mason specializes in scenes of nature utilizing what he describes as “harmonious light and shadows.” In 2015, he joined the Fine Art Study Abroad program and traveled to Florence, Italy. During that time, he gained considerable experience with plein air (outdoor, from life) painting. He recently won the 1st, 3rd, and the ‘Body of Work’ prize under the MFA Landscape/Cityscape Category in the 2016 Spring Show at the Academy of Art University, primarily due to his painting “On the Hill.” In June/July 2016, he won the Best Landscape Award in the 6th Plein Air Salon, was selected as the ‘Winner Emerging Artist’ of the Artmuse Contest in 2016, and was also selected as the Painter for the Online Gallery, Leisure Painter Magazine, in August 2016. Mason is now represented by the Bill Hester Fine Arts gallery located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Mason comments: “After retirement from 35 years of service in the petroleum business, at the age of 61, I decided to pursue my long-time dream to paint. As a Christian, I feel the awe and wonder of the Divine Providence to see every corner of this world. I think the world we live in is truly a beautiful place. Every natural entity is different and unique and this diversity makes the world beautiful. To share this beauty is the goal of my efforts. I have just begun to experience this in my own work and want to develop my ability to paint beyond what I simply observe from life. I want to show the exact feelings that I have while I'm on site.”
Mason hopes that his works can ultimately present viewers with a sublime sense of warmth, happiness, and contentment. You can find more of his beautiful paintings at: www.masonmansungkang.com. To see his paintings at the Sedona Art Prize, visit www.sedonaartprize.com/paintings-latest-entries.
Note: The Sedona Art Prize was formerly known as the Gateway To Sedona Artist Competition.