Paul Mount (1922- 2009)
In a world where we are surrounded in a plethora of objects, machines, furniture, which scarcely draw a second glance, the impact of Paul Mount’s sculpture is immediate. Light plays on every plane, glittering off one, slanting off another, challenging our very consciousness of space. Mount’s work preserves elements of the precision of geometry, but the logic of his work is intuitive and adventurous, preferring an asymmetrical balance over the regularity of a more predictable form. It is a dynamic equilibrium, which invites us to contemplate and explore the work’s astonishing complexity and strength.
A love of music and dance, his time in West Africa, a passion for Romanesque art; all are manifest in his sculpture, as is his instinctive feeling for his materials- the brilliance and precision of the stainless steel pieces; the subtle elegance of the patinated bronzes and the power and gravity of his work in cast iron.
Paul Mount attended the Royal College of Art and lectured at Winchester School of Art. His commissions include the ‘Spirit of Bristol’ in St. James’s Square Bristol; the British Steel Corporation, London; the Cabinet Offices, Accra, Ghana and Chase Manhattan Bank in Lagos, Nigeria. His work has been shown in Spain, Germany, Switzerland and the U.S.A, as well as numerous galleries and sculpture parks in the U.K., including Marlborough Fine Art and the New Art Centre. His work has been shown in a major show at Beaux Arts in London in March 2009, and is well known to regular visitors to Beaux Arts in Bath over the last three decades.