Paul Vanstone is fascinated by the hardness and light reflecting qualities of stone. He is interested in how this can be transformed to portray the curvature of the human body, and the delicacy and flow of covering cloth. His meticulous technique and focus on quality and finish follow in the tradition of classical sculpture. Using marble, onyx and alabaster, sourced from around the world, Vanstone’s work reflects the 21st century passion with the curvaceous architecture of Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, together with the continuing allure of the human form as portrayed by artists such as Henry Moore.
Using materials Vanstone has been working with for over a quarter of a century, each piece starts in the quarry, from Carrara in Italy to Portugal and India. Walking through these stone yards, often well trodden paths through landscapes of marble, these journeys are an essential part of the creative process, stimulating ideas and forging new directions in his work. Back at the studio, the blocks are drawn on, one carving often informing the next.
Vanstone uses the particular qualities of each stone, to convey how it absorbs and reflects light like human skin. He is able to transform hard stone to portray the softness and curvature of the human body. From subtle to dramatic, he uses the veining of each stone to accentuate the form creating movement and drama.
Vanstone studied sculpture at Central St Martin’s School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. His work is in many distinguished collections, both in the UK and internationally. Most recently, his work has been sold to collections in Abu Dhabi, Austria, Norway, Russia, and the USA, as well as many throughout the UK.