Paul Dibble

New Zealand b. 1943

Lives and works in Palmerston North, New Zealand

From a foundry in Palmerston North, Paul Dibble casts his work with the help of a small team of highly skilled assistants.ᅠ His sculptures vary in size from 350 millimetre high maquettes to large works of over 5.5 metres in height.ᅠ The casting processes that Dibble has used for his more recent works are based on two methods; ceramic shell, lost wax and sand casting.ᅠ The human figure, objects drawn from contemporary life, and the history of New Zealand and the Pacific form the subjects of his work.ᅠᅠ These objects and figures form fragments of many narratives.ᅠ Ideas which begin as beautiful fluid line drawings are worked and reworked to a point of perfect balance before being modelled and cast.

Highlights of his Paul Dibble's career include major survey exhibitions and the commission of The New Zealand Hyde Park Corner Memorial in London.

Education

1963-67 ᅠBFA (Hons, sculpture) Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.

2004ᅠᅠAwarded an New Zealand Order of Merit

2007 ᅠᅠHonorary Doctorate received from Massey University, Palmerston North

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012 The Ghost of the Huia and the Orchard, GowᅠLangsfordᅠGallery, Auckland

2010 Bird's Eye View, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

The Dance, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2009 Thoughts About Men and Birds, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

The Geometric Figures, Black Barn Gallery, Havelock North, New Zealand

2008ᅠ Paradise, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

Gods, Devils and Men, Black Barn Gallery, Havelock North, New Zealand

2007ᅠ In the Sticks, Black Barn Gallery, Havelock North, New Zealand

2006ᅠ Recent Bronze Sculpture, Martin Browne Fine Arts, Sydney, Australia

Unfolding Model, Gow Langsford Gallery

2005ᅠᅠMartin Browne Fine Arts, Sydney, Australia

Whitford Fine Arts, London, United Kingdom

Building on Modernism, Black Barn Gallery, Havelock North, New Zealand

2004ᅠᅠSoft Geometrics, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Soft Geometrics, Bowen Galleries, Wellington, New Zealand

Gorge Rd Gallery, Queenstown, New Zealand

Dibble, Black Barn Gallery, Havelock North, New Zealand

2003ᅠDibble Sculpture Exhibition, Gorge Rd Gallery, Queenstown and GowᅠLangsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

Down the Line, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Looking for Australia, Gow Langsford Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

Around the Firth of Thames, Bowen Galleries, Wellington, New Zealand

2002ᅠWhere the Owl Sits on the Water - The Tableux of Paul Dibble, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Dibble Down Under, Lombardii Winery with Bowen Galleries at Havelock North during the Hawkes Bay Wine Festival

2001ᅠ Paul Dibble Survey Exhibition, Manawatu Art Gallery

2000ᅠ Unfinished Business, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Balanced Gestures, Bowen Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

Opposites Attract, Michael Carr Fine Art, Sydney, Australia

1999ᅠWorks from 1999, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand

Revisiting Formalism, Bowen Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

1998ᅠGow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1997ᅠDrips and Drops, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Brooke/Gifford Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand

Bowen Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

1996ᅠGow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

1995ᅠMade in New Zealand, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North and Bowen Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

1994ᅠGow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1993ᅠBowen Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

1992ᅠPacific Monarch, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Stories from the Hinterland, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

1991ᅠRecent Editions, Bowen Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

From Reason and Myth, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand

1990ᅠBowen Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

1989ᅠHawkes Bay Cultural Centre, Hastings, New Zealand

Fisher Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand

1988ᅠDowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt as part of the International Festival of the Arts, New Zealand

1984ᅠManawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand

1983ᅠWairarapa Arts Centre, Masterton, New Zealand

1981ᅠManawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand

1979ᅠStudio Exhibition, Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand

1978ᅠManawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand

1976ᅠManawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand

1972ᅠBarry Lett Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1971ᅠBarry Lett Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Selected Collections

Waikato University, Hamilton

International Pacific College, Palmerston North

Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington

Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt

Hawkes Bay Cultural Centre, Hastings

Robert McDougall Art Gallery and Annex, Christchurch

Te Manawa (formerly Manawatu Art Gallery), Palmerston North

Massey University, Palmerston North

Massey University, Albany, Auckland

Saatchi and Saatchi, Wellington

Colenso, Auckland

Colenso, Wellington

James Wallace Trust Collection, Auckland

Lambton Quay Harbour Board

Selected Commissions

2010 Sculpture for Iona College, Havelock North

2009 Runner up in the Situate Competition for a sculpture in Forrest Place, Central Perth.

Sculpture for Moore Wilson, Wellington to mark the site of the original artesian spring.

2008 Second sculpture for Lindisfarne College, Hastings

2007ᅠSecond sculpture for Lindisfarne College, Hastings

Sculpture commission memorial to John Britten for the Dyslexia Experience Project in Christchurch.

2006ᅠThe New Zealand Hyde Park Corner Memorial in association with John Hardwick-Smith from Athfield architects, opened on Armistice Day, November 11th by the Queen and attended by the Prime Minister of Britain and of New Zealand and by many members of the Royal Family.

2005ᅠSculpture for Waikato University to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

2004ᅠSculpture for Christensen Estate Winery, Waiheke Island.

Sculpture for UCol, Polytechnical Institute, Palmerston North

2002ᅠFourth sculpture constructed for The Point, Auckland, Residential development.

2000 ᅠLindisfarne College, Hastings, New Zealand

Commissioned by IMOVE/Wellington Sculpture Trust, to produce sculpture for Wellington Airport round-about, Wellington

1999ᅠBruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, large wall piece, Auckland

Wanganui Collegiate School, Wanganui

Three large sculptures constructed for The Point, Auckland, Residential development, part of the America’s Cup development.

1996ᅠMajor piece purchased by the Robert McDougall Gallery to be mounted outside the Gallery entrance.

Commissioned to produce a large lintel, 3m high for the new Palmerston North library.

Work made for the Moore family, Wellington.

1995ᅠCommissioned by the Sturtevant family to make a large commemorative sculpture, Palmerston North.

Steel relief sculpture designed and made for the Globe Theatre, Palmerston North

1994ᅠThe Tuna’s Song for Michael Camp QC, Wellington

Bronze work for Dunedin Police Station

A work celebrating the Centennial of the Palmerston North Hospital

1993ᅠLarge work made and installed for the Dohmel family, Vienna, Austria

1991ᅠCentennial Trophy for the Hamilton AMP Show

Commissioned to make Pacific Monarch 4.5m high bronze for outside the Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North

1981ᅠSelected to produce models for a large scale work for the new State Insurance Building, Palmerston North

1970-77ᅠCompleted many religious sculptured commissions ( crucifixes, tabernacles and candlesticks) for architect James Hackshaw, for churches, private chapels and Catholic schools

1972ᅠDr Neville Hogg, Dargaville

Grants

1985ᅠQEII Arts Council of NZ

1979ᅠQEII Arts Council of NZ

Residencies

1987-88ᅠDowse Art Museum during International Festival of the Arts

 

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