Richard Paton – Maker

I’m mixed media sculptor using kinetic mechanical gestures to explore the science and culture of magnetic fields with the aim of generating poetic visual metaphor.

I like to use a variety of materials to make three dimensional constructions which have moving parts. I explore connections and disconnections with the earth and my relationship with it. The work has a foundation in science where ideas manifest as a kind of visual poetry whilst at the same time remaining rooted in art historical traditions and wider contemporary narratives. Most recently my work explores the existential crisis that humanity currently faces, what has been called the ‘Sixth Great Extinction’.

I explore the invisible and enigmatic force of electromagnetism, which serves to carry an underpinning metaphor in a number of works. By using magnets and iron as a key sculptural elements, the subject matter becomes infused with a specific tension. It’s important for me to make work that is both visually engaging and well crafted, but also rigorously researched in an attempt to see the familiar in a new light. 

Short Bio: Masters degree (‘Art and Science’) at Central Saint Martins, is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors, and was a finalist of the 2021 National Sculpture Prize.


I also make stained glass for a living and have a stained glass business in Stoke Newington called Rainbow Glass Studios.