Paula Haughney is a London based artist working in stone. Born in Aldershot, England in 1959 she went on to study Fine Art at Portsmouth and MA Sculpture in Illinois. She has lived in the East End since the 1980s and is a long-term resident artist at Bromley by Bow Centre.
Using stone as her main medium Paula is largely self-taught, building a wealth of knowledge over her forty-year career. Her work is often monumental in scale but still retains an essential human scale and relationship. Dealing with figurative subjects – animals, plants and human forms, her work possesses a gentle power that people can relate to. It is about making sense of her world and events in her life by expressing them in three-dimensional form.
“I enjoy the physicality of carving stone. Doing the research and designing something site specific for people to enjoy gives me a sense of purpose.”
From her first public commission at Homerton Hospital Paula has gone on to complete many site-specific works, often outdoors and integrated into the landscape. Examples can be found in Herne Bay (which was awarded the Rouse Award for Public Art), Lee Valley Park, St. Katherine’s Dock and Haringey.
Alongside commissioned work, Paula has exhibited in many individual and group shows, such as a solo exhibition at Uppark House, a National Trust property, and in an outdoor setting at the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden. Her sculptures can be found in the collections of BP, Unilever, Leicester and Herefordshire County Collections, as well as numerous private collections in Europe and America. She has also taught at West Dean College for the past twenty-five years.