A Rare Autograph from the Original Flatiron model

Emily Mason is known for her portrait and landscape paintings. Her latest work is an exhibit at the Paraquat Gallery. The annual fair, now in its 15th year, bills itself as “Europe’s leading art…

A Rare Autograph from the Original Flatiron model

Emily Mason is known for her portrait and landscape paintings. Her latest work is an exhibit at the Paraquat Gallery. The annual fair, now in its 15th year, bills itself as “Europe’s leading art fair on the Flatiron District’s skyline.” Mason has been featured in both the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum and an international art festival, along with a residency at PAAFA. In 2010, Christie’s called her “one of the most exciting and innovative artists in the world.” We visited her studio to find out why.

What is your typical day like?

I wake up before I go to bed, do my routine. It’s important to get that energy. It’s important to take a mini break. You need that energy at nighttime. And I like to have a good night sleep.

When I get back to my studio, I do craft, paint, wash — clothes. I like to be active, so I’ll do my two little buckets of dirty laundry, now called eco.

Do you have any design interests?

It’s fascinating: as an artist, you deal with material, and design is about object and function. It’s a totally different discipline, even though you can connect the two. It’s an interesting intersection that needs to be explored more, and we’re doing a series right now.

What’s the thing you’re most proud of?

I’m happy to say that, since 2003, when I did my first solo show in New York City, my work has been translated into over a dozen languages. It’s pretty unique. I’m very proud of that.

What’s a dream job you’d love to have?

My dream job is a circus and animal circus, circus a like. I love animals, so that’s a dream job for me. My friends are already telling me my dream job.

Emily Mason’s art will be on display through October 21, 2018, at Paraquat Gallery, 675 Sixth Avenue.

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