John Panting was born in 1940 in New Zealand, and came to the UK in 1964 to study sculpture at the Royal College, London. By 1967 he had already established a career for himself, teaching at both the Royal College and Central School of Art, and beginning to show his work, particularly in Europe. In 1972 he was appointed Principal Lecturer in Sculpture at Central, and his work was included in British Sculptors '72 at the Royal Academy. The loss to the art world both as a sculptor and a teacher due to his untimely death in a road accident in 1974 was widely felt. In a short but meteoric career he had established himself as one of the leading lights in the new wave of British sculptors. A retrospective exhibition held at the Serpentine Gallery in 1975 provided insight into his compulsive sculpture-making, and was an eloquent testimony to his unique marriage of sensibility and intellect. John Panting Rediscovered at Poussin Gallery in 2007 led to the purchase by Tate of four small sculptures, the first to go into their collection. Other larger works are held in the Arts Council Collection and a number of public museums in New Zealand. A monograph, John Panting: Sculpture, is published by Sansom Books and Poussin Gallery to coincide with the second exhibition of work at Poussin, October 2012.
Poussin Gallery represents the estate of John Panting.