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."
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