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Ben Dearnley BA Hons Sculpture

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Sculptor Ben Dearnley BA Hons Sculpture
With the `Giants Footprint` Hunter Valley, OZ

About Ben Dearnley

Ben Dearnley has been creating sculpture works both large and small for many years and has gained an international reputation for the beauty and quality of his works. Here at Artparks his "Song of the Wind" represents a new strand to Ben`s work, in which he uses contemporary materials to explore aspects of his musical heritage. Ben has works in many public and private collections throughout the world, from the Royal Academy of Music in London to sculpture parks and wineries in NSW, Australia.
Sculptor Ben Dearnley BA Hons Sculpture
In the studio with the Mark Foster bronze

Exhibition History of Ben Dearnley

Ben Dearnleyley`s Exhibitions

2014 Queen Victoria in Brick for Bacardi, Hampshire

2013 Festival of Stone Bristol, Principle carver

2012 Salisbury Cathedral solo show

2012 Bath Contemporary, solo show

2012 -11 various joint shows with BT art of sport

December 09 City Bristol Museum

Royal Western Academy, summer 09

June 09 Belgravia Gallery, London
`Avenue of Champions`
Works in bronze and marble with our current top Olympic and Paralympics champions and commissioning a piece of new music by Iain Ballamy, one of the U K?s finest jazz saxophonists" for this event.

B T head office London June 09

Australia Live Sculpture project, Hunter Valley N S W wih David Mahony Gallery 08

Henley Regatta, Artist in Res, 2008

Clifton Arts Club 100th 2008

Sports Aid charity ball exhibition 08

Mayfair show at Lloyd`s Private Banking group 08

With the `Giants Footprint` Hunter Valley, OZ

Biography / CV of Ben Dearnley

Ben Dearnley`s Biography
Born in 1964 in Salisbury into a musical family Ben Dearnley moved to London in 1968 and grew up in the City as father was organist to St Paul?s Cathedral form 1968 to 1989 Dr Christopher Dearnley.

Ben used to play in the Cathedral and was influenced by the stone masons at an early age. "I remember standing looking (I must have been about 7 or 8 at that time) as they cut huge blocks of Portland stone and being stuck in awe of the nature and skills of these masons". This was enhanced by the hours spent within the Majestic surrounding of every nook and cranny of one of the worlds finest Cathedrals: being witness to the great works of art set in bronze, stone, glass and mosaics.

It was also at that time when you could get a day ticket for the buses for 5 pence and he would often spend weekends jumping on and off the old classic route masters all over London in mad games of cunning dexterous chase. "Back then the traffic was much faster and you had to be really quick to catch a moving bus"! All the while he`s taking in the inner workings of this amazing City.

The next 3 decades Ben Dearnley spent studying and working in the city as an instrument technician to become a specialist in the workings of the saxophone.

1987-2003 was spent working with the instrument makers and suppliers T.W.Howarth who have one of those quirky old school stores just off Baker Street. "These years were to nurture my fine detail skills and the chance to develop friendships with some of the U K?s finest jazz saxophonists".

A select few I am working with today by way of commissioning a piece of new music

Deciding to take up sculpture full time, I eventually made the transition into full time education at Camberwell College of Arts London, doing a degree in sculpture.

This meant giving up many things and totally changing the way I lived. I moved to north London and lived on a narrow boat in the Lee valley, commuting to and fro on my motorbike, (the only way to travel around London these Days) and totally down sized my existence. This was all made possible by the help given to me by my first steps to become a sculptor back in 1995 with the good fortune of being able to study with a master carver of the past Mr Les Sandham, who worked notably with Jacob Epstein in the 1950?s.

Leaving college in 2006 with my degree! I decided to travel to Italy to study further, to make my pilgrimage to the heart of the mountains of Carrara where the marble is quarried, cut and transformed into the world?s finest sculptures. For it is here where I finally began to develop my relationship with this precious stone.

2007 was spent in these mountains and within the studios of Pietrasnta with
Marco Giannoni and his team, Niccola, Fabio, Francesco and of course the amazing Mori (70+and still going strong) and further south in southern Tuscany with Nigel Konstam at the Verrocchio Arts Centre.
To date my studies continue with each new piece I undertake and I am finding the current series of ?Modern Day Heroes? stretching my understanding and response with each new athlete I work with. Along side this I am developing collaborations with graffiti artists form London to Bristol which is taking our current understanding to a new level.

The musical collaborations with Courtney Pine, Iain Ballamy, Andy Sheppard and James Morton bringing a crossover of creativity, all of which makes for a rich time for me right now. Rich is meant in the purest term as I am living my dream and doing the thing I was destined to do?.and loving every dance that comes my way

Carving the Prince`s Trust sculpture

Artist Statement of Ben Dearnley

Ben dearnley`s Personal Statement
My work is focused on the figure: the narrative I wish to create fuses the traditional materials of the past with the modern world. The way I approach this is to draw the viewer into a personal dialogue with the sculpture by presenting them with a seductive surface of the fragmented figure. This is where the past is reflected by the choice of material and its particular fragmentation. The position of the sculpture and perticular fragmentation reflects an inner truth, which I am developing within the hidden spaces of the form.

I am working towards the second attention, the deeper consciousness or spirit. My desire is to produce work that, once seen, stays with the viewer in their mind?s eye, making a connection on a deeper level. The work I produce aims to reflect the true inter connected nature of the complex multi-layered individuals that make the world go round: thus it is never a single layer that sits on the surface.

Many thanks for taking the time to look into my world of sculpture.

Very best wishes
Ben Dearnley

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Ben Dearnley

Ben Dearnley`s Acquisitions
Private collection of 2 tonne Bath stone horse sculpture, installed in 2012 in a large private garden in Bath.

Princes Trust sculpture `The Gift" created for the charity auction in December 2011, sold to private collector for 8K

Lionel Tertis 1876-1975 Bronze
Permanent display at the Royal Academy of Music York Gate Gallery London

This portrait is of the famous viola player Lionel Tertis, who died in 1975. My work incorporates the small detail of his wife as the scroll of the instrument. This references the fact that the viola was often carved with a head here and sometimes the face would have a blindfold over the eyes as the musicians were invited to play whilst a courtship was under way and it was deemed necessary to cover ones eyes! I have placed the instrument within his body, creating a fusion of the three most powerful elements of this mans life: the man himself, his instrument as a part of himself and his wife Lillian who sits at his ear talking to him still. By showing my portrait this way i hope to express the extent of Tertis?s connection to the creation of the music he loved so well.
This work is on

Private collections in Italy, South Africa, Australia and Spain.

Commission in London, Law Courts, a marble torso with the 2012 lettering cut into the back

Reviews of work by Ben Dearnley

Ben Dearnley`s Reviews
Online reviews LBC radio Jeni Barnett

British Derssage on the Lee Pierson sculpture, 9 time Paralimpics champion.

Many other reviews online, The London Paper

Public Works of Ben Dearnley

Ben Dearnley`s Public Workd
2012: City of Bath, Olympic sculpture, OLYMPIAN MMXII Location, Southgate street.

Royal Academy of Music, Strings Museum, bronze portrait of the world famous Viola player Lionel Tertis.
Port Erin Arts Centre Isle of Mann, Portrait bust in alabaster of patron, Mrs Lillian Tertis

Qualifications / Education of Ben Dearnley

Ben Dearnley`s Education
BA HONS sculpture 2006, Camberwell college of Art London institute

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Ben Dearnley

Ben Dearnley`s Publications
WHO`S WHO IN ART
33 rd EDITION
Biographies of Leading Men ans Women in the World of Art in Britian today:
Artists, Designers, Critics, Writers, Teachers, Curators and Photographers

Charles Baile de Laperriere
Editor
Hilmarton Manor Press

Artists and Illustrators, June 09

Art of England, June 09

This is London June 09

Teaching Experience

Ben Dearnley`s teaching

2012 The Holburne Museum, Bath summer sculpture work shops x2
2011-12 Open studio project OLYMPIAN MMXII Bath behind the Royal Crescent
2011 Open studios at Peter Hayes studio Bath, teaching week.
December 02 2009 2012 Cultrual Olympic Conference Essex, teaching workshops x 2

Shenfield High School Autumn project with Olympian Fencer Alex O`Connell 2009

Sandy Hollow in N S W Australia 08
Teaching day with whole school....everyone left with something they had made that day.

Art Talks at the Clifton Arts Club in Bristol, with practical workshops 09

Influences / Inspiration of Ben Dearnley

Ben Dearnley`s Influences
I have a deep love for the Masters of the past: Rodin, Michelangelo and Canova are the motivating forces behind my work. Each of these sculptors has one thing in common, they are all involved with the figure and its expressive nature, truth and beauty.

Also my past connection to St Pauls Cathedral in London and the musicians I have worked with in the Jazz world over the past 25 years

Price Range of Work

Ben Dearnley's work has a price range from £500 to £25,000

Mediums utilised

Ben Dearnley's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Ben Dearnley's work is found in the following categories on site:
Abstract Modern Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary both Indoor Or outside
Animal Kingdom Sculptures
Classical Sculptures and Statues
Floral, Fruit and Plantlife Sculpture
Sculpture of Men
Pet and Animal Portrait Custom or Bespoke or Commission Commemorative or Memoriaql sculpture statue
Portrait Sculptures / Commission or Bespoke or Customised Sculptures
Glass / Transparant Sculptures
Mythical Sculptures
Horse Sculpture / Equines Race Horses Pack HorseCart Horses Plough Horsess
Human Figurative Sculptures
Surrealist Sculpture
Objects of desire Sculptures
Religious Sculpture
Emotion Sculptures
Champions Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Nudes / Male Sculpture
Sculptures of Sport
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures
Musical / Musician Sculptures
Busts and Heads Sculptures Statues statuettes Commissions Bespoke Custom Portrait Memorial Commemorative sculpture or statue
Torsos Sculptures
Light and Sound sculpture
Spiritual sculpture
Corporate Sculptures
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary
Bas Reliefs or Low Reliefs
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes
Commission and Custom Sculpture
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture
Carved Stone, Marble, Alabaster, Soap Stone
Outsize, Very Big, Extra Large and Massive Sculptures
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary
Buildings, Structures and Parts Statues or Sculptures
Contemplative, Restful, Thougtful Sculptures
Horses Outdoors, Outside, Life Size, Big, Large, Huge Sculptures Statues memorials commissions custom made
Heraldic Crests Logos Trade Marks Carving Cre

ArtParkS Sculpture Park Yearly exhibitions

Ben Dearnley's work has been exhibited at the following yearly exhibitions held at the ArtParkS sculpture park:
2015 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2014 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
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Bronze Torsos sculpture by artist Ben Dearnley titled: 'Adam (life size Muscely Male nude Torso sculpture/statue)'
'Adam (life size Muscely Male nude Torso sculpture/statue)' by sculptor: Ben Dearnley
Size: 55 x 55 x 15 cm Torsos Sculptures
Medium: bronzeEdition: 2 of 9
Price: £9,750 (~ €13,660 / $15,250) Sculpture for Sale
Plaster/gold feaf Torsos sculpture by artist Ben Dearnley titled: 'London 2012 (Gold Leaf nude Male Muscular Torso sculpture/statue)'
'London 2012 (Gold Leaf nude Male Muscular Torso sculpture/statue)' by sculptor: Ben Dearnley
Size: 55 x 50 x 20 cm Torsos Sculptures
Medium: plaster/gold feafEdition: 1
Price: £3,750 (~ €5,254 / $5,866) Sculpture for Sale
Statuary marble italy Sculpture of Men sculpture by artist Ben Dearnley titled: 'Mark Foster marble (Semi abstract Carved Portrait Commission sculpture)'
'Mark Foster marble (Semi abstract Carved Portrait Commission sculpture)' by sculptor: Ben Dearnley
Size: 26 x 44 x 24 cm Sculpture of Men
Medium: Statuary Marble ItalyEdition: 1
Price: £4,250 (~ €5,955 / $6,648) Sculpture for Sale
Marble Sculpture of Men sculpture by artist Ben Dearnley titled: 'Olympian 1 (Carved marble World Champion Swimmer Torso sculpture)'
'Olympian 1 (Carved marble World Champion Swimmer Torso sculpture)' by sculptor: Ben Dearnley
Size: 77 x 60 x 15 cm Sculpture of Men
Medium: MarbleEdition: 1
Price: £15,000 (~ €21,015 / $23,461) Sculpture for Sale
Stone Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary sculpture by artist Ben Dearnley titled: 'Ra, the Sun God (Carved Contemporary Face garden/Yard statue/sculpture)'
'Ra, the Sun God (Carved Contemporary Face garden/Yard statue/sculpture)' by sculptor: Ben Dearnley
Size: 50 x 38 x 20 cm Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary
Medium: StoneEdition:
Price: £500 (~ €701 / $783) Sculpture for Sale
Stainless steel Abstract Modern Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary both Indoor Or outside sculpture by artist Ben Dearnley titled: 'Song of the Wind (Big stainless Steel abstract garden Harp sculptures)'
'Song of the Wind (Big stainless Steel abstract garden Harp sculptures)' by sculptor: Ben Dearnley
Size: 8 ft Abstract Modern Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary both Indoor Or outside
Medium: Stainless SteelEdition: Unique
Price: £6,667 (~ €9,341 / $10,428) Sculpture for Sale
Bath stone Horse Sculpture / Equines Race Horses Pack HorseCart Horses Plough Horsess sculpture by artist Ben Dearnley titled: 'stone Horse (Carved Bath stone Bust Head garden statue/sculpture)'
'stone Horse (Carved Bath stone Bust Head garden statue/sculpture)' by sculptor: Ben Dearnley
Size: 1600 x 600 x 900 cm Horse Sculpture / Equines Race Horses Pack HorseCart Horses Plough Horsess
Medium: Bath StoneEdition:
Price: £25,000 (~ €35,024 / $39,101) Sculpture for Sale
Marble/bronze/bath stone base Horses Outdoors, Outside, Life Size, Big, Large, Huge Sculptures Statues memorials commissions custom made sculpture by artist Ben Dearnley titled: 'UNICORN (Big Carved stone/marble/bronze Head/Bust ststues/sculpture)'
'UNICORN (Big Carved stone/marble/bronze Head/Bust ststues/sculpture)' by sculptor: Ben Dearnley
Size: 40 x 16 x 20 in Horses Outdoors, Outside, Life Size, Big, Large, Huge Sculptures Statues memorials commissions custom made
Medium: Marble/Bronze/Bath stone baseEdition: 1
Price: £15,000 (~ €21,015 / $23,461) Sculpture for Sale
Carrara marble Mythical sculpture by artist Ben Dearnley titled: 'White Horses (Carved marble Small Head abstract Horse/Mans sculpture)'
'White Horses (Carved marble Small Head abstract Horse/Mans sculpture)' by sculptor: Ben Dearnley
Size: 60 x 25 x 50 cm Mythical Sculptures
Medium: Carrara MarbleEdition: 1
Price: £7,500 (~ €10,508 / $11,731) Sculpture for Sale
Alabaster/stained glass Light and Sound sculpture by artist Ben Dearnley titled: 'Window (Alabaster stone Carved Male Torso abstract statue/sculptures)'
'Window (Alabaster stone Carved Male Torso abstract statue/sculptures)' by sculptor: Ben Dearnley
Size: 45 x 40 x 15 cm Light and Sound sculpture
Medium: Alabaster/stained GlassEdition: 1
Price: £3,000 (~ €4,203 / $4,693) Sculpture for Sale
Alabaster, walnut, granite Sculpture of Men sculpture by artist Ben Dearnley titled: 'Flight of the Spirit (SOLD)'
'Flight of the Spirit (SOLD)' by sculptor: Ben Dearnley
Size: 35 x 50 x 16 cm Sculpture of Men
Medium: Alabaster, Walnut, GraniteEdition: 1
Price: £5,000 (~ €7,005 / $7,821) Sold or out of Edition
Carrara marble Classical Sculptures and Statues sculpture by artist Ben Dearnley titled: 'Olympian Lip (Massive Outsize Portrait Commission/Custom carving statue)'
'Olympian Lip (Massive Outsize Portrait Commission/Custom carving statue)' by sculptor: Ben Dearnley
Size: 40 x 35 x 30 cm Classical Sculptures and Statues
Medium: Carrara MarbleEdition: 1
Price: £3,250 (~ €4,554 / $5,084) Sold or out of Edition
Brick Commission and Custom sculpture by artist Ben Dearnley titled: 'Queen Victoria, Bacardi'
'Queen Victoria, Bacardi' by sculptor: Ben Dearnley
Size: 4 x 3 x 0.05 m Commission and Custom Sculpture
Medium: BrickEdition:
Price: Price on Application Sold or out of Edition
Alabaster, walnut, granite Animal Kingdom sculpture by artist Ben Dearnley titled: 'Solitude (sold)'
'Solitude (sold)' by sculptor: Ben Dearnley
Size: 9 x 7 x 5 in Animal Kingdom Sculptures
Medium: Alabaster, Walnut, GraniteEdition: 1
Price: £1,750 (~ €2,452 / $2,738) Sold or out of Edition
Bronze Sculpture of Men sculpture by artist Ben Dearnley titled: 'Steve Williams Olympian SOLD'
'Steve Williams Olympian SOLD' by sculptor: Ben Dearnley
Size: 60 x 60 x 18 cm Sculpture of Men
Medium: BronzeEdition: 1
Price: Price on Application Sold or out of Edition
Marble/steel/stained glass Sculpture of Men sculpture by artist Ben Dearnley titled: 'Under the Bodhi tree SOLD'
'Under the Bodhi tree SOLD' by sculptor: Ben Dearnley
Size: 33 x 55 x 10 cm Sculpture of Men
Medium: Marble/steel/stained glassEdition: 1
Price: £1,500 (~ €2,102 / $2,347) Sold or out of Edition

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