John Paddison was born in 1929 and trained as a sculptor at Wolverhampton College of Art from 1949 to 1952, and later at the Royal College of Art (1952-56). In the mid 1960s he became a full-time lecturer in sculpture at Wolverhampton College of Art continuing when the college became the Fine Art Department of the Polytechnic and later the University of Wolverhampton. Charming, taciturn and larger than life, he influenced many former students who went on to establish distinguished reputations – amongst them Glynn Williams, now Professor of Sculpture at the RCA.
He retired from teaching in 1994 and moved to work in a studio in Llanidloes, Mid Wales. He exhibited at the Taberbacle Gallery (MOMA) Machynlleth, Wolverhampton Polytechnic, the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. His work has been exhibited at many other venues, including the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, Margam Sculpture Park, Powys Castle and Lichfield Cathedral. It can be found in many public and private collections. His first medal for BAMS, Dreamer, was issued in 1987.