Mason Storm, a born and bred Londoner, has never had formal artistic training, choosing instead to rely on creative instincts and wander in and out of art classes at his local youth centre. This habit began at the age of twelve, when his judo class was cancelled, and for the lack of anything better to do, Mason went in search of his friend in an art class. Thus he was introduced to the world of art and a passion that would only grow. These classes did, however, provide him with a fantastic background in art, as many of the teachers were in fact students of prestigious London colleges who Mason credits as becoming ‘leading lights in the British contemporary art scene’. He continued to frequent these classes for fifteen years until he put his passion aside as he pursued a diverse collection of careers. Mason is a law graduate, a qualified barrister, a judo instructor and a bodyguard. Mason is also an accomplished journalist, focusing much of his work and research around terrorism, intelligence and espionage; he has also free-lanced as an intelligence analyst due to his authority on national security matters.
Mason returned to art initially as a distraction from his impressive but emotionally draining career; taking first to sculpture, then gradually immersing himself into a wider range of art on a full time basis – which he insists is ‘more entertaining than [his] past activities‘.
Mason’s work is considered both controversial and provocative and though he doesn’t intentionally address controversy for the sake of it, he does admit there is always an underlying motivation for the works he produces.
In 2010 Mason announced that he was going to reveal the face of the world famous and elusive street artist, Banksy, in an oil painting. This in turn became the debut for Mason’s mask, an accessory he adopted to keep his identity unknown, in a bid to separate his starkly different careers. His mask has very much become his trademark, recognisable by the public, and is a reflection of his two varying personas – one created from his high profile analysis and research work, focused around terrorism and intelligence, and the other from his return to art. The mask allows Mason to separate his previous careers and his artistic career — they are two worlds that he would rather keep apart, explaining that although there is no risk to his security, his dealings with diverse characters requires a clear distinction and separation between his contrasting lifestyles