Fairmont Windsor Park
Paul Vanstone & Thomas Joynes
To begin 2023, the High Performance Art Gallery is very pleased to launch our new partnership with the Fairmont Windsor Park hotel. Our inaugural exhibition introduces the sculptures of Paul Vanstone and Thomas Joynes to the stunning landscaped grounds and elegant atrium entrance of the hotel. In-person private tours of the exhibition can be arranged with Gallery Manager Alex Prior and Gallery Director Ann Aldridge.
Located on the edge of the historic Windsor Great Park, Fairmont Windsor Park is surrounded by 40 acres of open green space and a tranquil lake. The hotel has been designed to reflect the site’s heritage while offering modern elegance.
Thomas Joynes follows a passion for creating form based abstract sculpture which responds to aesthetics and fractals within nature. Exploring such principles as Fibonacci led to an understanding that the stunningly beautiful yet often simple laws that nature follow, result in what could most closely be described as perfection within our environment and are synonymous with aesthetic beauty, balance and perfection.
Thomas graduated from the Norwich School of Art in 2005 and has since set up his practice as a sculptor in Norwich. Thomas works primarily to commission, undertaking projects for private, corporate and public clients both in the UK and to an increasingly international audience.
The style he has developed continues a strong tradition of depicting nature and fractals in art and is influenced by sculptors such as Gabo, Brancusi, Arp, Moore and Hepworth. Thomas worked freelance as assistant to Angela Connor FRBS after graduating university and was delighted to later discover that Angela trained in the St Ives studio of Dame Barbara Hepworth and assisted on Hepworth’s ‘Single Form’ for the UN.
Recent commissions of note that Thomas has undertaken include a poolside feature for the new Crown Sydney hotel, two works for the deck of the new ‘Spirit Of Adventure’ cruise liner, a large bronze for the Crown Estate in St James’s London, a three metre high bronze sculpture at Austin Road Station – Hong Kong, and several sculptures for the new Katara towers in Qatar.
Paul Vanstone trained in sculpture at Central St Martin’s School of Art and the Royal College of Art, receiving the Henry Moore Award in 1991 and 1992. Paul worked in Carrara, Italy along with time spent working in Berlin, Rajasthan and five years as an assistant to Anish Kapoor.
His fascination is with the hardness and light reflecting qualities of marble and how this can be transformed to portray the curvature of the human body and the delicacy and flow of covering cloth. Vanstone’s superb technique and his focus on quality and finish follow in the tradition of classical sculpture.
He uses marbles, onyxes and alabasters sourced from around the world. His images and influences reflect the 21st Century passion with the curvaceous architecture of Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, together with continuing allure of the human form as portrayed by artists such as Moore. The distinctive sculptures that result are defining a new thread in contemporary art.
Paul has held over 27 solo exhibitions and his work has featured in many group shows around the country including The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden and Asthall Manor Sculpture Exhibition. His sculpture has proved very popular with collectors in the UK and overseas with installations in France, USA, Canada, The Middle East, Majorca, Australia, Mustique, Italy and Germany.