NZSOS 2016

Paul Brunton

Paul Brunton works on all scales, from enormous trees to hand sized gifts, always with a great love for his material.
 
Brunton has a portfolio of private and public work spanning many artistic styles including figurative, and abstract. Flow is at the core of his creativity. He has a strong affinity for water that comes from a life time of yacht racing, surfing, diving, windsurfing and kite-surfing. His sensitivity to flow has become highly refined by playing Tai Chi Chuan, with its emphasis on fluid movement, flowing technique, the use of skill and applied force rather than brute strength.
 
Brunton aims to express his feelings rather than contain them. It doesn’t matter how the work is made, as long as something is said.
“I feel nearer, more part of the work, when I can walk around it, work from the six sides and literally be in the work. When I’m carving, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It’s only after the shape begins to form that I see what I’ve been about. I’ve no fears about making changes for the works have a life of their own”.

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