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Paul Mount and June Miles interviewed by Peter Davies
This film is the seventh of nine chapters of 'St Ives Revisited', viewable on www.geoffreyrobinson.com. Other chapters be shown on artcornwall.org in coming months.
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Paul Mount studied at the Royal College of Art. From 1948 to 1955 he lectured at Winchester College of Art and then took up a post as Director of the Art Department at YABA Institute of Technology in Lagos, Nigeria from 1955 to 1961. He then spent a year between 1961 and 1962 as a design consultant in Lagos. From 1962 he has worked as a freelance sculptor using mainly cast iron, stainless steel and bronze.
A love of music and dance, time spent in West Africa and a passion for Romanesque art are all major influences on his sculpture. His kinetic and interlocking works exhibit a high degree of ingenuity and he has an instinctive feeling for his materials. He has worked closely with architects, producing integral sculpture as part of buildings all over the world, from Chase Manhattan Bank in Lagos to a supermarket in Falmouth. Other commissions include the Spirit of Bristol, in St. James's Square Bristol; the British Steel Corporation, London and the Cabinet Offices, Accra, Ghana.
His work has been shown in Spain, Germany, Switzerland and the U.S.A, as well as numerous galleries and sculpture parks in the U.K., including Marlborough Fine Art and the New Art Centre, Roche Court. He is based in St.Just-in-Penwith where he lives with his wife, the artist June Miles.
June Miles studied at The Slade
from 1941 to 1943 (and drew maps during the war in an Admiralty drawing
office) under Randolphe Schwabe
followed by two more years at Art School in Bristol at the then West of
England College of Art.