Raymond Mason

Raymond Mason

Raymond Mason (b. 1922 in Birmingham, England) is a sculptor.

He trained at the Birmingham School of Arts and Crafts under William Bloye, the Royal College of Art (for one term), and Slade School of Art. He has lived and worked in Paris since 1946.

He is known for his sculptures of tightly packed people made from clay, with works on McGill College Avenue in Montreal; the Tuileries, Paris; Georgetown, Washington, D.C.; and Madison Avenue, New York. His controversial 1991 work, "Forward!" in Birmingham's Centenary Square was destroyed by arson on 17 April 2003.

He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for "services to sculpture and to Anglo-French relations" in the New Year Honours 2002.


*Mason, Raymond (2003) "At Work in Paris - Raymond Mason on Art and Artists". Thames And Hudson. ISBN 0-500-51114-4
*Edwards, Michael (1994) "Raymond Mason". Thames And Hudson. ISBN 0-500-09245-1
*George T. Noszlopy, edited Jeremy Beach, "Public Sculpture of Birmingham including Sutton Coldfield", 1998, ISBN 0-85323-692-5

External links

* [http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/GenerateContent?CONTENT_ITEM_ID=884&CONTENT_ITEM_TYPE=0&MENU_ID=1 Birmingham City Council - page on Forward! sculpture]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/2956701.stm BBC news story on the arson attack on "Forward!"]

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