Describing himself as a “figurative sculptor” rather than one driven by intangible concepts, de Monchaux believes that the articulation of form - through deceptively simple and elegant works - can itself elicit a powerful and emotional response.
Paul de Monchaux (born 1934) began his artistic journey in New York before coming to London to study at the Slade School of Fine Art (1955-1958). After two years teaching at the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology (1958-1960), he returned to take up a position at Goldsmiths College of Art (1960-1965), rising eventually to Head of Sculpture and Head of Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art. He retired in 1986 but continues to work in London. de Monchaux’s public commissions include Oozells Square, Birmingham (1998); Silence, Jersey (2007); Breath, Norwich Memorial Gardens (2001) and most recently Girton Column, Girton College, Cambridge (2012).