Frank Henry Mason
Mason was an artist best known for his maritime, shipping, coastal and harbour paintings and as a creator of art deco travel and railway posters.
His style is described as a ‘light impressionist’ and he was a founder member of the Staithes Art Club whose members are known today as the Staithes group of artists, or the Northern Impressionists.
Frank had been interested in drawing but had no formal training in art. There was however a strong artistic community in Scarborough at the time. Frank studied at the Scarborough School of Art with Albert Strange and made regular trips to Staithes to meet and socialise with the arts community there. By 1890 Frank’s work had advanced to the point where he received commissions from art dealers, and around 1898 he decided to quit marine engineering and take up art full-time. In 1901 he became a founder member of the Staithes Art Club.
Frank married his wife Edith in 1899. Frank had lived at Blenheim Terrace in Scarborough but relocated the short distance to lodgings in North Marine Road. During 1914 – 1918, Frank Mason was appointed shipping war artist.