Author(s): Fran Dibble
Paul Dibble has traversed many subjects in his sculptural work - often returning to them years later, like godwits coming home to roost. Between 2010 and 2020, human figures and native New Zealand flora and fauna have been among Dibble's oft-revisited subjects, his work refining these figures to their simplest forms. Yet, while the forms may be simplified, the implied sense of movement, the anticipation of action and captured emotion are paramount. Dibble is one of a select number of sculptors who cast their own bronze work, often in larger-then-life scale, creating a powerful effect. Prolific in his output and ambitious in his scope and vision, it is easy to see why Paul Dibble remains one of New Zealand's most original and respected sculptors.