Tim Garner’s Landmark Commission for Ged Mason OBE

Tim Garner’s Landmark Commission for Ged Mason OBE


When colleagues at the Morson Group wanted to mark 30 years of peerless service by Chief Executive, Ged Mason OBE, thoughts naturally turned to one of Ged’s most enduring passions. Alongside his sporting loves of Rugby Union (Sale), football ( “a lifelong red”) and horseracing, is Ged’s enthusiasm  for art, culture and his home city of Salford. Uniting the latter is his admiration of the paintings by great Northern artists like Lowry and Harold Reilly, whose work he collects as a patron of the arts.

The search then began to find a piece of artwork that would be both personal to Ged and representative of the company, and importantly, its proud place in the urban and corporate landscape.

Salford Ship Canal by Tim Garner

“When first approached by Morson to find them the right piece of artwork that would fit the bill for the occasion, only one artist leapt to mind for the commission,” recalled ARTZU Gallery founder and owner, Nick Betney. “Tim Garner was the perfect choice to capture the mood and status of the Morson Group in a way that was personal to Ged. Tim Garner has taken over the mantle as this region’s leading, Northern contemporary artist…’the New Urbanist’ as I describe him.”

View Tim Garner’s painting portfolio here

(from left) Kevin Philbin, Dr Kevin Gorton, Tim Garner, Ged Mason OBE, Nick Betney, Paul Gilmour

The Morson Group is a real Manchester success story. Founder Gerry Mason started the business in 1969 with his son Ged Mason joining, learning from his father and taking over the reins in the 1990s. He has since steered the Trafford Park based Group to national and international prominence. They are leaders and experts in the engineering recruitment and design sector and the specially commissioned painting was presented to Mr Mason at a ceremony on February 27th in their HQ organised by colleagues and unveiled by the artist.

“I enjoy the rigour of a commissioned work,” reflects Garner, “the Manchester Ship Canal location was a great inspiration and I wanted to create a sense of place and identity within the context of the Northern industrial landscape. I feel that Ged has a deep-rooted, emotional attachment to Salford, and the painting titled Salford Ship Canal is very much a celebration of his beloved city”

View Tim Garner’s painting portfolio here

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