Jack Mason’s considerable success as an American illustrator is attributable mainly to his versatility as an artist. His contributions to the industry were many and included numerous covers for both comic books and magazines, as well as several one-man specials. Jack could take an idea for a comic book cover and bring it to life on a wide variety of media, including pencils, paints, watercolors, oils, charcoal, and even waxes and metal.
For decades, Jack Mason was primarily an illustrator. This gave him much exposure, as well as the chance to hone his painting skills. It allowed him to develop a style that would characterize his career. He was able to capture the emotion of his subject matter in a way that other artists could not, which is what made his success with comic books and magazine covers so important to him.
He worked for a number of illustrators, most notably after World War II, when he was employed by freelance artist Jack Morehouse. Jack’s work was often published in Famous Comics, and he received numerous awards for it Jack Mason’s considerable success. His work was displayed regularly in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, as well as being showcased at many other museums and galleries around the country. In this way, he gained further recognition, and his reputation grew tremendously. He was asked to design posters and business cards, and even contributed articles to publications ranging from Esquire to Playboy.
After leaving Morehouse, Jack Mason pursued his painting career, traveling to Rome, London, and Paris, where he was impressed by the Impressionist art that he saw there. He would return to the U.S., where he worked on the cover of Frank Capra’s “Mystery Men” and was featured in a large exhibition at the New York Society of Arts. This was followed up by an appointment as an art adviser for New York University, where he focused his efforts on furthering his reputation and his art. Jack Mason was diagnosed with cancer shortly after this, and although he missed the final proceedings of World War II, he was able to attend the award ceremony which honored him along with many other veterans. As a result of his treatment, his paintings were confiscated by the government, but they have now been returned.
Jack Mason was married three times, first to Vivienne Westwood, who he remained married to for the rest of their marriage, and then to Ellen Pollock, whom he had met in Boston while completing a fellowship at Harvard. Ellen was the former Miss Universe, and Jack fell in love with her right away. She was more than Jack could stand, though, and they split up. Jack went on to marry again, to Katharine Hepburn, and they had two children. When Katharine passed away, Jack became very close to her family, and in the aftermath of their loss, he dedicated much of his life to helping her son to take care of her son, Michael.
Jack Mason is currently undergoing cancer treatment, but if all goes well, he should be back in full strength within a year or so. He has already achieved some notable results with his artwork, which includes a cover for a song by The Rolling Stones, as well as the cover for Pink Floyd’s album Dark Sky. As well as this, he has created several art pieces that are inspired by the work of such artists as Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Morrison, and more. You can find more information about Jack Mason’s work online.