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Ben Dearnley BA (Hons)

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

About Ben Dearnley

Ben Dearnley has been creating sculptures 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 sculptures 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)
In the studio with the Mark Foster bronze

Exhibition History of Ben Dearnley

2014 Queen Victoria in Brick for Bacardi, Hampshire
2014 ArtParkS International
2013 Festival of Stone Bristol, Principle carver
2013 Taith Contemporary Art: Vienna
2013 Chelsea Flower Show 100th anniversary
2012 Salisbury Cathedral solo show
2012 Bath Contemporary, solo show
2012 -11 various joint shows with BT art of sport
2009 City Bristol Museum
2009 Royal Western Academy
2009 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 UK`s finest jazz saxophonists" for this event.
2009 BT head office London
Australia Live Sculpture project, Hunter Valley N S W wih 2008 David Mahony Gallery
2008 Henley Regatta, Artist in Res
2008 Clifton Arts Club 100th
2008 Sports Aid charity ball exhibition
2008 Mayfair show at Lloyd`s Private Banking group

With the `Giants Footprint` Hunter Valley, OZ

Biography / CV of Ben Dearnley

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 UK`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

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


2014 International Festival of stone, France

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Ben Dearnley

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

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

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

2006 - BA (Hons) Sculpture, Camberwell college of Art London institute.

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Ben Dearnley

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
Hilmarton Manor Press

Artists and Illustrators, June 09

Art of England, June 09

This is London June 09

Teaching Experience

2014 - present - Workshops, Beginners guide to stone carving.

2015: Visiting Lecture programme, Carmarthen School of Art, Coleg Sir Gar, Wales (Lectures and masterclasses)

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 NSW 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

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:
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines (10)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (7)
Carved Stone, Marble, Alabaster, Soap Stone Granite Lime stone (6)
Classical Style Sculptures and Statues (5)
Torsos Sculptures or Chests of Men and Women Females Girls Children Statues statuery statuettes (5)
Horse Sculpture / Equines Race Horses Pack HorseCart Horses Plough Horsess (4)
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues (4)
Nudes / Male Sculpture (4)
Commemoratives and Memorials Sculptures (3)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (3)
Champions Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (3)
Human Figurative Sculptures (3)
Abstract Contemporary Modern Outdoor Outside Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (2)
Horses Outdoors, Outside, Life Size, Big, Large, Huge Sculptures Statues memorials commissions custom made (2)
Mythical Sculptures (2)
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines (2)
Portrait Sculptures / Commission or Bespoke or Customised Sculptures (2)
Sculptures of Sport in General (2)
Glass or Acrylic Transparant Sculptures
Light and Sound sculpture
Objects of desire Sculptures
Stringed Instruments Composers and Musicians Realistic and Abstract Sculptures Statues statuettes
Busts and Heads Sculptures Statues statuettes Commissions Bespoke Custom Portrait Memorial Commemorative sculpture or statue
Variety of Emotional feelings depicted in Sculptures
Religious Sculpture
Musician and Musical Sculptures
Surrealist Sculpture
Donkeys Zebras Mules Asses and Unicorns sculpture / statue
Hyperrealistic Sculptures
Christian Church Sculptures, Carvings Bas Reliefs Stained Glass and Statues
Outsize, Very Big, Extra Large and Massive Sculptures
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes
Anatomy, Hands and Feet and other human parts of the body Sculptures
Spiritual sculpture
Corporate Sculptures
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary
Buildings, Structures and Parts Statues or Sculptures
High Relief or Haute Relief Carving Sculpture Wall Panel casting in Bronze / Copper
Horse Head or Bust or Mask or Portrait sculpture statuettes statue figurines
Heraldic Crests Logos Trade Marks Carvings or Castings
Animals in General Sculptures Statues
Gods or Goddess, or Deity Sculptures
Pet and Animal Portrait Custom or Bespoke or Commission Commemorative or Memoriaql sculpture statue
Contemplative, Restful, Thougtful Sculptures
Classical Oriental Sculptures

ArtParkS Sculpture Park Yearly exhibitions

Ben Dearnley's work has been exhibited at the following yearly exhibitions held at the ArtParkS sculpture park:
2017 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2016 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2015 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2014 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition


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