A BROCKLEY man is having his first exhibition in a private gallery aged 78.

Paul de Monchaux is showing his work at the Piper Gallery, in Newman Street, Soho, this month following many public commissions across the UK.

Mr De Monchaux, who was born in Montreal, regards himself as a “figurative sculptor”. He taught at Goldsmiths University in New Cross between 1960 and 1965 and was head of sculpture and fine art at Camberwell College of Arts until 1986.

The exhibition, Fixing Memory, focuses on his work after he retired from teaching.

Gallery founder and director Megan Piper said:  “Excitingly, this is de Monchaux’s first solo exhibition at a commercial gallery.

“In 1986, once freed from the demands of teaching, the style of de Monchaux’s work shifted – apparently liberated, his works adopted an elegance and coherence with repeated forms that resonate and allow viewers to respond to the works in an individual way.”

The Piper Gallery is dedicated to showcasing the work of contemporary artists whose careers have spanned forty years or more.

Fixing Memory is open between February 13 and March 15.

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