Frank Henry Mason

Frank Henry Mason Seascape

Frank Henry Mason Seascape, Scarborough

One of my clients is a great fan and collector of paintings by Frank Henry Mason (1876-1965). Over the last few years he’s asked me to put new mounts on the pieces he’s purchased and I have to say they totally transform the look of Mr Mason’s paintings. His breathtaking watercolours of maritime scenes, gouache landscapes for railway posters and oil paintings take on a fresh, clean, crisp appearance when taken out of their, often, tatty, dirty, frames with dowdy mounts and placed into new deep edged mounts made with conservation acid free board.

The scene above is typical of Frank’s work. He received no formal training in art but having left HMS Conway, he settled in Scarborough about 1894 where he then studied at the Scarborough School of Art. He later became a founder member of the Staithes Art Club.

His time at sea can be seen in his deep understanding of waves, skies and the way ships sit in the water. If you get the chance to check out the poster artwork he did for Great Northern Railway, Great Western Railway, London, Midland and Scottish Railway, London and North Eastern Railway, North Eastern Railway, British Rail, Underground Group Railway Companies and Ocean Liner Companies, you will see an artist who was sensitive to his subject matter yet retaining a direct, no nonsense handling of bold colours and use of counterchange.

It’s great to get the chance to see his original paintings. Both myself and my father Kenneth Reed have a deep appreciation and respect for the paintings of Frank Henry Mason.

If you have any artwork which would benefit from receiving a new mount and frame, please feel free to call in to my studio and gallery in Ponteland for a no obligation quote.


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About alan

British artist Alan Reed, was born in Corbridge in the North of England into a family with a history of painting. "I have been passionate about painting all my life and committed to helping others through my paintings". Alan trained as an illustrator / graphic designer in the North of England and spent the early part of his career doing artist impressions of new building projects for architects. Alan Reed specialises in landscapes, cityscapes and portraits both in watercolours and oils. His unique, fluid style captures the atmosphere of different settings from the drama of city life to the serenity and beauty of a rural landscape. Alan Reed has had many successful exhibitions both in the UK and abroad including those at the Mall Galleries in London, Malcolm Innes Gallery in Edinburgh, Italy, the USA and the Middle East and has been a regular exhibitor of rowing scenes in the Stewards’ Enclosure at the Henley Royal Regatta. 2013 Winner of "The Artist's Prize" in the Royal Watercolour Society Competition 2013 with his painting "Jebel Akhdar, Oman". The painting was exhibited at the Bankside Gallery, London.   2011 Alan Reed - Winner of the "Circus Painting Prize" in the Bath Prize. Alan Reed's painting of  “Pump Room in the Snow” was highly commended in the Bath Prize. 2011 Alan Reed - One of the finals with his painting of "Grey Street" in the "Show me the Monet" programme shown on BBC2. 2010 Alan Reed - 1st runner up in "The Bath Prize" with his original painting of "The Royal Crescent, Bath". Alan Reed's painting of the "The Roman Baths by Torchlight" was also highly commended in the Bath Prize. Artist Alan Reed's approach to painting is described in a book
entitled "Landscapes in Watercolour" by Theodora Philcox, an inspirational book which features the work of 23 leading watercolourists from around the world. The Middle East is an area to which Alan has given his artistic attention thanks to a series of ongoing commissions for the government of Oman. Alan’s work has become increasingly collectable and is widely represented internationally through private and corporate commissions including those for Royalty, Coutts Bank, Rolls Royce, Northern Rock PLC, several client’s private and corporate properties both in the UK and worldwide. We supply to Interior designers, Cruise ships, Corporate companies and galleries providing the perfect solution to meet all your needs. Portraits, Gift Vouchers, Sherree V-Daines, Sketchbook, Reviews, Painting Tips and Paintings for the Queen Worldwide Shipping www.alanreed.com