Country of Origin: New Zealand
Paul Dibble is an artist of considerable vision and drive. A contemporary sculptor working in bronze, he can be located within a twentieth-century European sculptural tradition. Much of his work is concerned with the human figure in all its heroism and frailty. Recognisable objects drawn from the contemporary life and history of New Zealand and the Pacific are also a large part of his oeuvre. These objects and figures form fragments of many narratives. Ideas which begin as beautiful fluid line drawings are worked and reworked to a point of perfect balance before being modelled and cast.
Paul Dibble was born in Thames in 1943 and holds a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts. In 2004 he was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit and in 2007 received an honorary doctorate from Massey University in Palmerston North. Dibble's sculpture has been included in numerous exhibitions since the early 1970s, including a major survey at the Manawatu Art Gallery in 2001. Dibble exhibits frequently as part of public outdoor sculpture events including Sculpture on the Gulf (Waiheke Island), Stoneleigh Sculpture in the Gardens (Auckland) and Sculpture by the Sea (Bondi Beach, Sydney). His work has been exhibited at important international art fairs including the LA Art Show (2007), The Melbourne Art Fair (2006, 2004,1998, 1994) and the Miami Art Fair, Florida (2005, 2003). Dibble received international acclaim when his commission for the New Zealand Hyde Park Corner Memorial was opened in the presence of HRH the Queen on Armistice Day in 2006.
Source: Gow Langsford and Page Blackie Galleries