Paul Hoggard from England has a dual nationality, his mother is Irish. A sand artist since 1991, Paul is a Yorkshire man from Beverley. He made his first sand sculpture on Baga beach in India. When he was for the first time in paradise in 1991, he truly relaxed and found himself making a shape in the sand. Under his hands appeared the face of Bob Marley. He was hooked on sand sculpture. Since then he has created thousands of sculptures for events, festivals, and international competitions in England, the Netherlands, China, India, U.S.A. Canada, Ireland, Belgium, France, Denmark, Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Malta, Qatar, Turkey, Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait, Iran and South Korea. In 2000 he was commissioned by the Royal Cornwall show to create a sand sculpture for the Queen of England. He created a farm yard scene of pigs with piglets which he presented in person to Her Majesty. Paul and his work have been profiled by several TV agencies, such as BBC and SKY TV and MSNBC . His work appeared in international newspapers, magazines and books. Examples are the 2000 Astrid Schillings book on Sand Sculpture, ‘Châteaux de sable’, published by Hobeke (FR). The magazine Cornwall Today called him ‘King of castles’ and he is profiled in the in-flight magazine of Etihad as ‘the original sand man’. Together with his sand woman, Remy, he is part of a well-travelled International husband and wife sand sculpture team. They met in 2003 in a huge sand sculpture park in Belgium and have been together ever since. They travel the world creating their sand sculptures and love meeting people from different cultures. They run their successful company Sandartist.ltd since 2007 that produces sand sculptures for events all around the world. They made a sand sculpture for the Bournemouth Borough Council stand at the prestigious Chelsea Flower show in London in 2006, were their combined efforts won them Gold and President's award. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England viewed this sculpture and said she enjoyed it very much. Audiences all over the world have been amazed and fascinated to see their temporary sculptures appear out of the sand. Sand sculpture is an ecologically friendly art form and all their sculptures are made with heart and soul. They like to create sculptures that appear life like and sculptures with a positive message.
Awards won by Paul
- 3rd place doubles Paul and Remy, Texas Sandfest, Port Aransas USA 2017.
- Public’s choice, doubles Paul and Remy, Texas Sandfest, Port Aransas USA 2017.
- Award of Excellence, doubles Paul and Remy Fort Meyers American Championship 2016.
- Publics choice, solo Sandcastle days, South Padre Island 2016.
- 3rd place, doubles Paul and Remy, Expocite Quebec Canada 2005.
- Sculptors choice, doubles Paul and Remy, Expocite Quebec Canada 2005.
- 2nd place, solo, PNE Vancouver Canada 2005.
- 2nd place, team with Paul, Remy and Helena Bangert, Scheveningen the Netherlands 2004.