Paul Mount was an artist of prodigious talent, an architectural designer, painter, sculptor, novelist and accomplished musician. Born in Newton Abbot, Devon initial studies at Paignton School of Art were followed by the Royal College of Art until 1941. The war years were occupied with ambulance services in North Africa, Paris and Strasbourg. In 1946 Mount returned to the Royal College where he focused on portraits and urban landscape.
Working as Director of the Art Department at the YABA Institute in Lagos, between 1955 and 1961 Mount found a renewed inspiration teaching sculpture to his African students. On his return to England in 1962 he settled permanently near St Just, Cornwall where he continued to work as a sculptor using cast iron, stainless steel and bronze. He excelled in kinetic and interlocking works and has exhibited alongside Barbara Hepworth and Denis Mitchell and with the Drian Gall and Marlborough Fine Art in London.
Selected Commissions and Public Collection:
British Steel Corporation
York House, Bristol
Cornwall County Collection:
Plymouth Art Gallery
St Ives Tate Action Group Auction, 1991
Private Collection 1991 - 2013
Ronald Gaskell, Paul Mount Sculpture, A Retrospective Selection, Nancherrow Studio, 1981, illustrated plate 21
The St Ives sculptor, Paul Mount, was as accomplished in bronze as he was with stone and wood, but his most favoured and successful medium throughout his long career was stainless steel. Eclat shines forth from many complex facets, an almost celestial cluster dancing together yet firmly rooted to the earth.