Paul trained in sculpture at Central & St Martin’s School of Art and the Royal College of Art. He was awarded the Darwin Scholarship (1990), Royal Academy of Art Travel Scholarship (1992) and the Henry Moore Award in 1991 and 1992. Paul has worked in Berlin, Rajasthan and Carrara. For five years, Paul assisted Anish Kapoor and has exhibited at a number of major galleries & sculpture gardens in the UK including the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has exhibited at each on form exhibition since 2002.
Paul has inherited the ancient fascination with the potential of marble. He is intrigued by its hardness and light-reflecting qualities, and how this can be transformed to portray the body, and the delicacy and flow of covering cloth. Through a mixture of classical and contemporary techniques, Vanstone subtly draws out form and pattern from the exotically sourced marble. His influences include the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Assyrians.