Mason Barnes-Crouse

Artist member since 2019
Toronto, Ontario

I can’t remember when I started drawing. I must have been an infant with poor dexterity and undeveloped motor skills. That obviously didn’t stop me. In the beginning I’m sure it wasn’t even a conscious thing. It wasn’t something I was good at or something that fed my identity in any way, it was just spontaneous and fun. In fact, it took me a long time to recognize that drawing was something I wanted to pursue despite having done it obsessively my whole life. I think I needed some obstacles to overcome and some projects that really challenged me to see what I was made of. That said, I’m still an artistic infant. I still have so much to learn.

All my friends eventually become paintings. It’s inevitable. You hang out with me long enough, I will capture you on a canvas. If it isn’t your face, it’s your hands. If it isn’t your body, it’s your memory. You will become my art one way or another. There is no escape. You might even end up getting put up on a wall in a gallery and getting sold off. It happens. Sure, people will miss you, but your contribution to my career was for the greater good. In fact, consider yourself immortalized. You’re welcome.

I also make comics, usually about pathetic angsty teenagers and their awkward relationships. My characters are often naïve, arrogant or in denial about something. I also enjoy killing off my characters, it’s strangely cathartic. Call it self-deprecation, call it tortured artist syndrome. I revel in it.


Inside the Studio


Describe your home in 3 words

Cozy, lovely, dank

Favourite movie


Beverage of choice


When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...


Favourite musical artist / band right now

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

What places do you hang out in Toronto?

Life drawing at OCAD!!!

Select Past Exhibitions

Kensington, Toronto


Superjet Coffee Shop, Toronto
Superjet Art Exhibition


Kensington, Toronto
Kensington 150


Kensington, Toronto


Coffee and Clothing, Toronto
C & C Art Expo


Nanjing, China
Nanjing University of the Arts


Bachelor of Design: Illustration

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