Paul Vanstone studied at Central St Martins before completing an MFA The Royal College of Art. After graduating Paul worked in Italy at the traditional marble carving studios near the famous quarries. He also spent time working in Berlin and has travelled to Rajasthan to learn India's traditional marble carving techniques. On his return he spent 5 years as an assistant to leading British sculptor Anish Kapoor.
He has since found his own place as one of Britain's leading sculptor and can be see in major galleries across the UK as well as the British Museum and the V&A.
Vanstone is preoccupied with marble and the way in which its hardness and light reflecting qualities can be transformed to depict the curves of the human body and/or the delicacy or covering cloth. His technique and focus upon quality and finish draw upon the traditions of classical sculpture. However, his images and influences reflect the twenty-first century's passion for the curvaceous art design and architecture of Zaha Hadid, whilst also paying tribute to the mainstay of modern British sculpture, Henry Moore.
Vanstone has gained a number of prestigious awards and commissions, among them being the Henry Moore Award (1991) and the Lady Carrington Sculpture Garden commission (1991 and 1996).
Awards & Commissions
1990 Darwin Scholarship RCA
1991 – 1992 Henry Moore Award
1992 Royal Academy of Art Travel Scholarship
1991, 1996 Lord & Lady Carrington Sculpture Garden Commission
1997 Scadum Solicitors Commission