I mentioned Blue Eyes, the name I gave to the Richard Mas sculpture below when I was introduced to his work last week.
They’re playful pieces, made even more so by the playful staff at the Novotel Monaco who move them about in the morning. Or in the night – I don’t really know which shift is responsible, but they do get around. When I first saw these big blue eyes, they were staring blankly through one of the hotel lobby’s front windows. When I got around to snapping a photo the next day, they were casually mixing with and eying the crowd gathered in the hotel’s bar one floor below.
When you scroll through this handful of shots you’ll notice a pattern, one shaped by the artist’s preference for curves. The more sensual, the better. Mas was born in Bangui, Central Africa and even though he left for France by age six, according to his website bio, he did spend enough time on the continent for the curves he was surrounded by, both voluptuous and colorful, to leave an impression and indelible mark on the pre-pubescent sculptor-to-be.
After completing studies in horticulture, he soon drifted towards sculpture and after a few well-received shows in the early 1980s, has found a comfortable home as a regular fixture in the Monaco art scene, exhibiting regularly throughout the Principality.
A few more below. The string trio looked very comfortable in the bar. I hope they stay awhile. By the way, I couldn’t locate any captions or info about the pieces so I made up the names. Playfulness is always infectious.
Monte Carlo, Monaco, December 2016.