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....
He carves many of his timeless works from statuary marble which he collects himself from the Italian mountains in Carrara. He has works in many public and private collections from the Royal Academy of Music in London, to the award winning vineyard of Two Rivers, in NSW, to Hong Kong, South Africa, the USA, throughout Europe and the UK with clients such as, The Thomas Heatherwick studio, London, where he carved a 4m tall image of Queen Victoria into the brickwork for the new Bombay Sapphire Gin distillery.
Recently commissioned: The centre piece for an historical Inn on the banks of the Thames in stone and stained glass. The Roman Catholic Church, in the city of Bath, a 7 tonne carving of Mother Mary for the new Garden of Peace. The Highfield Development's Southbrook House, 4 direct carvings into the original brick walls, offer a unique artistic vision of a brief history of Newbury.
Royal Marines Charity: The sale of the marble torso of ex marine Mark Ormrod, makes a record braking £38,000 for the charity.