Ninian Kinnier-Wilson: Mask Maker

Ninian Kinnier Wilson (1953-2013) was the outstanding UK mask-maker of his generation. His work represents a singular level of skill and artistry and is connected to much older issues and concerns. The Collection and Archive currently in the bailieship of SMPC comprises masks, physical moulds, lasts, stock, tools, materials, books and personal archive that he developed over a 30-year period. 

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MASKS OF NINIAN

KINNIER - WILSON

SCOTTISH MASK

& PUPPET CENTRE

NINIAN KINNIER - WILSON

MASK CATALOGUE

NINIAN KINNIER - WILSON

PRODUCTION 

PHOTOGRAPHS

Nin’s catalogue of masks spans :The Archetypes of Myth: Leather half-masks (mostly Commedia dell’Arte); Celastic and Papier-Mache half masks; Male and Female neutral masks for actor training; ; Character half and three-quarter masks; Carnival masks; and some larger pieces that do not fit any classification (Fernandel 1, Satyr, Death’s head, Vampire, Fernadel 2 and The Lunar Monk). This will Catalogue will be going on-line shortly in our shop and each sale will be subject to a royalty that will be paid to the Ninian Kinnier-Wilson Estate.


Ninian graduated from Liverpool School of Art in 1976. He was trained by mask-maker  Stefano Perroco di Meduna of Venice but also worked with Carlo Boso and Stefano in Paris, London, Cardiff and Avignon.  He was also the founder of the Unfortunati  Commedia company (1982-1987). He also undertook professional theatre commissions for The Royal Shakespeare Company, Theatre Clywd, Mime Touch Theatre Company in Hong Kong, Harlequin Art International  Theatre Project at Bayreuth Germany and Metz in France.