Diverse influences, from the European sculptural tradition to Indian temple carvings, have helped to shape Paddison’s highly individualist pieces. Domesticity is a key element. His BAMS medal, Monday Morning, shows a moment in the mundane activity of washing day. The stretch of the girl’s arms, reaching out to fix a sheet on the line, gives to her body a dynamism, which contrasts with the weight of the sheet she is hanging up to dry. As Brendan Flynn, keeper of fine art at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, wrote in 1992: “At the end of the day, the message we receive from Paddison’s work is one of optimism, an affirmation of the dignity and humour of humanity and the fascinating expressiveness of the human body itself”.