Andrew Stonyer studied at Northampton School of Art, Loughborough College of Art and Design, The Architectural Association School of Architecture, and Leicester Polytechnic in collaboration with the Slade School of Fine Art. The latter period of study was marked in 1978, by his being awarded the first PhD for studio based research in Fine Art in the UK. This concerned the use of solar energy in the development of kinetic sculpture. He has taught, exhibited and completed commissions in Turkey, Holland, Canada and the United States of America, and his work can be found in public and private collections in all of these countries. He is currently a trustee and Chairman of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.
Andrew makes all of his sculpture, a process that commences with an exploratory sequence of maquettes. He describes his sculpture as a search for patterns of actual and implied kinetic imagery that are hidden within the seemingly regular, and are always transcribed through the geometry of the circle and the square. This has involved him creating kinetic sculptures that respond to the vibration of trains; such as Pulse for Newcastle upon Tyne metro; responses to the divisions of the hour as in a commission for Cumberland Infirmary; as well as responses to sunlight through his Audio Kinetic Solar Sculptures. The patterns of kinetic imagery in these sculptures serve as the basis for explorations into sculpture where implied movement is the central theme. An example of this is Rotating Circle, a large corten steel sculpture exhibited 2009, in the exhibition 'Promenade' at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. His kinetic sculpture 'Timepiece' is currently in the exhibition 'Elemental at Burghley Garden, where it is located in the Ice House.
Crafting Monumentality: Three Contemporary Approaches to Abstraction. Brownsword Hepworth. 2018.
London Art Fair, with Brownsword Hepworth. 2018.
Shoreham Sculpture Trail, with London Group. 2017.
Elemental. Burghley Sculpture Garden. 2014.
Passengers and Goods. Stevensons Works, Newcastle. 2011.
Audio Kinetic Sculpture. Fermynwoods Contemporary Art. 2010.
Jessops Gardens. Cheltenham Borough Council. 2009.
Time Within the Hour, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle. 2003.
Pulse. Four Lane Ends, Newcastle upon Tyne Metro. 2000.