Torso I Sculpture

John de Pauley
Torso I Sculpture by Stonemason John de Pauley is carved from Bath stone, an oolitic Jurassic limestone from the south west of England. This piece is part of a trio of sculptures, taking inspiration from the human form. Each piece is directly carved into the stone, trapping the form rather than following a line.

Rather than having a preconceived idea in sketch form or a model to work from, these pieces have been directly carved into the stone. This method means plunging straight in, leaving much to chance but giving a certain vitality and energy to the piece. Being semi abstract the ambiguous relationship to the torso gives the viewer a sense of the hidden form within the stone.
Material: Bath stone
cm: Width 14cm, Depth 18cm, Height 19cm
inches: Width 5.5in, Depth 7.1in, Height 7.5in
Care Instructions: Gently wipe with damp cloth

Having selected the block of stone, a rough pencil line is drawn on its surface providing a guide to its final shape which is then carefully cut away using a hand saw. After this the piece is carved with a wood chisel as the form finally emerges. Using rasps and rifflers over the surface the piece is completed leaving tool marks visible.

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The Maker John de Pauley Stonemason - South West England

John de Pauley has been a practicing stone mason for over 30 years. His craft is rooted in the traditional discipline of carving and expert restoration, having worked on some of the Nation's most important buildings of architectural significance. This deep understanding of the material delivers new forms that resonate with a peculiar and timeless beauty. His work emerges from the rich textures and colours quarried from Southwest England where John originally trained and has lived for over 20 years.