Uptown Kids is proud to also have a diverse selection of original artwork available for purchase. We are currently featuring NBA basketball player Desmond Mason and acclaimed graphic artist Art Boden. Come in to see the colorful, exciting pieces that we have!
Ten-year NBA veteran Desmond Mason has had a great professional basketball career, but his true passion has always been his art. Former OSU Cowboy Desmond was a studio art major who spent his time trying to fit in the art scene and not standout as an athlete. Since leaving college Mason has spent his time using his artistic talents to benefit others. He’s held an Annual Art Show for 6 years running and raising over $250,000 for charity. Desmond has been married for 8 years to Andrea Mason, former Oklahoma State soccer player and is the father of 4 year old daughter, Jada and 1 year old son Elijah. As a family the Masons are very involved in the communities they’ve lived in over the last 10 years of Desmond’s career. The state of Oklahoma has held a special place in their hearts for a number of reasons, one being it’s the place they first met. Desmond has been a great ambassador for Oklahoma State University and the state of Oklahoma with professionalism, hard work, compassion, honesty, and humility.
After attending Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, where he studied painting and illustration, Art continued study at The Art Students League, The New School with Alexi Brodovich, and Pratt Institute with Aaron Burns. This led to work in design studios and advertising firms as a layout artist, illustrator and finally, graphic designer. He secured a position at IBM where, under the tutelage of Paul Rand, an innovative corporate design program was launched. During his years as art director and graphic designer, he won many awards in both typography and design.
His focus gradually shifted from graphic design to expressing himself by creating acrylic paintings and prints. The Marlboro Graphics Gallery exhibited a series of his silk screen prints, followed by a solo show of his large acrylic paintings at the Weinger Gallery.
He also designed and produced Boden’s Beasts, a children’s book of whimsical three dimensional animals hand created from ordinary household items. Boden’s Beasts was followed by Boden’s Birds and Boden’s Bugs.
He currently associated with The Piermont Flywheel Gallery in Piermont, NY where he had a solo show in February, 2009, entitled “This ‘n That,” a collection of a variety of paintings and prints. In August, 2010, his exhibit, Dolls & Guys,” portraits of people known and imagined, will be featured at the gallery. His acrylic paintings and prints have also been featured in the Loren Marsh Gallery in New York City, and are held in numerous private collections.
Rooted in the contemporary art world, his work is directly influenced by his graphic arts background. Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Jean Dubuffet, are his most admired artists. While some of his work seems abstract, the viewer will find one or more identifiable figures featured in the paintings. Some of the work exhibits a new approach to familiar images, such as “The Spirit of ‘76” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Colors are vibrant and plentiful. The lines are crisp and well defined. His work invites the viewer to discover a concept, an emotion, or perhaps an event that may be familiar. Technical acuity, intensive effort and discipline allows Art to achieve unique perspectives.