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19 August 1989 —
17 September 1989

Paul Dibble:
Sculpture

Paul Dibble, Sculpture, 1989 (installation view).
Paul Dibble, Water Everywhere and Me, 1989 (installation view). Bronze and galvanized steel.
Paul Dibble, Water Everywhere and Me, 1989 (detail). Bronze and galvanized steel.
Paul Dibble, Sculpture, 1989 (installation view).
Paul Dibble, Pacific Balance (After Brancusi), 1989 (installation view). Bronze, galvanized steel and totara.
Paul Dibble, Pacific Balance (After Brancusi), 1989 (detail). Bronze, galvanized steel and totara.
Paul Dibble, Pacific Balance (After Brancusi), 1989 (detail). Bronze, galvanized steel and totara.
Paul Dibble, All Creatures Great (Model For A Gateway), 1989 (installation view). Bronze.
Paul Dibble, All Creatures Great (Model For A Gateway), 1989 (detail). Bronze.
Paul Dibble, Sculpture, 1989 (installation view).
Paul Dibble, Papaioea (
Paul Dibble, Captain Oates Last Walk, 1989. Bronze.
Paul Dibble, Papaioea Study, 1989. Bronze.

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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.

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'Paul Dibble: Sculpture' exhibition card, 1989

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