Andrew Stonyer studied at Northampton School of Art, Loughborough College of Art and Design, Leicester Polytechnic and the Architectural Association School of Architecture. In 1978 he was awarded the first PhD for studio based research in Fine Art in the UK, developing the use of solar energy in the development of kinetic sculpture. He has taught, exhibited and completed commissions in Turkey, Holland, Canada and the United States of America, and his work can be found in public and private collections in all of these countries. Currently he is Professor in Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire.
Andrew Stonyer makes all of his sculpture, a process that commences with an exploratory sequence of maquettes. He describes his sculpture as a search for patterns of actual and implied kinetic imagery that are hidden within the seemingly regular, and are always transcribed through the geometry of the circle and the square. This has involved him creating kinetic sculptures that respond to the vibration of trains; such as Pulse for Newcastle upon Tyne Metro; responses to the divisions of the hour as in a commission for Cumberland Infirmary; as well as responses to sunlight through his Audio Kinetic Solar Sculptures.
Rotating Circle, constructed in corten steel, is a prime example of Stonyer’s investigations into kinetic imagery. Here, movement is again the central theme, where the implied rotation of this steel circle appears deflected, simultaneously conveying both order and disruption.
Photo of Andrew Stonyer: Henryk Hetflaisz