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By Megan Rossman
October 25, 2011
One of my greatest job perks is that I get to interact with people generally more interesting than myself. To that end, what better way to spend a Wednesday morning than hanging out with one of my favorite photographers and an NBA player?
Despite their well-documented tallness, the height of basketball players never fails to impress me when I encounter them in person. They loom large, both physically and in the metaphorical sense of the word. Anyway, Desmond Mason is tall. No surprise there. He’s also an artist, which also may not come as a surprise to a number of people, particularly those who have attended his sold-out shows, but it was news to me prior to our November/December issue in which Mason is featured. He won his current Oklahoma City Midtown space in a contest last year sponsored by Midtown Renaissance. The next time you’re wandering along the sidewalk of the Plaza Court building, you may glimpse Mason at work.
The space is lined with his paintings, so even if he’s not there, you get a sense of his style by peering through the windows. Picasso and Pollock are a couple of his current influences--think lots of abstract, colorful pieces. Desmond’s wife, Andrea, and his children also are known to stop by and do some of their own painting.
As someone who is wary of any camera pointed my way, I greatly empathize with human photo subjects, especially uncomfortable ones. Desmond is used to being in front of cameras. He was completely at ease and accommodating, spending more than an hour working on a painting and flipping through various rock tunes on his iPod while photographer John Jernigan exercised his own finely honed artistic skills.
If you want to check out more of Desmond’s work, he’s planning an Oklahoma City show for December, so stay tuned for more details on that.