Ben Dearnley

About Ben Dearnley


Born in Salisbury, Ben Dearnley spent much of his life surrounded by music. His late father was an organist at St. Pauls Cathedral and Ben spent his early years exposed to the majesty of music and sculpture of the highest order. This has been a major underlying influence for his work as a sculptor.

"Having spent 22 years working closely with some of the world's top saxophonists, my connections with this form of intuitive expression has given me an unusual insight for my approach to sculpture, together with a deep love for the masters of the past: Rodin, Michelangelo and Canova. Each of these sculptors has one thing in common - they are all involved with the figure and its expressive nature, truth and beauty. My practice is focused on the figure and the narrative I wish to create which fuses the traditional materials of the past with the modern world.

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 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 nature of complex multi-layered individuals that make the world go round, thus it is never a single layer that sits on the surface.

The next stage of my work is taking me ever more towards of the classical Greek forms found over 2000 years ago, my study trips to Italy in 2007 have proved invaluable to me and I am indebted to Marco Giannoni and his team, (Niccola, Fabio, Francesco and of course the amazing Mori) for their Kindness and patience: Also to Nigel Konstam at the Verrocchio Arts Centre, for his teachings whilst working there in the spring time. "