Paul Dibble is based in Palmerston North and is one of New Zealand’s leading sculptures, having graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts in the 1960’s. This was one of the earliest exhibitions that introduced him to Auckland audiences. Dibble is widely recognized for his iconic blend of organic and angular silhouettes cast in patinated or polished bronze.
Dibble’s sculptural practice is heavily grounded in twentieth century European modernist sculpture traditions yet influenced by contemporary life and Aotearoa New Zealand history. The formal elements of his sculpture are an examination of proportion and its relationship with form, line, and mass. The combination of geometrically abstracted figuration with natural forms explores narratives rooted New Zealand’s Pacific context, combining stories of European art history, Pacific art forms and colonial legacies.
'Paul Dibble: Sculpture' exhibition card, 1989