3 DIMENSIONALBen Dearnley
Quest for the Inner Spirit
Born in The Close at Salisbury Cathedral where his late father was the organist, Ben spent much of his life surrounded by music.
When his father became Head of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Ben spent his early years surrounded by the majesty of music and sculpture of the highest order. This has been a major underlying influence for his work – and came to magnificent resonance in 2012 with his major exhibition of bronze sculptures at Salisbury Cathedral for the 2012 Olympic Games.
“My connection 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 [Symbol] they are all involved with the figure and its expressive nature, truth and beauty.”
After 20 years as a musical instrument technician, Ben retrained as a sculptor at the University of London Camberwell, and in the 10 years since has become internationally renowned for his figurative works. The narrative he creates fuses techniques of the sculpture masters of the past with the best natural materials while using a contemporary approach. He draws the viewer into a personal dialogue with the sculpture by bringing out the spirit of the figure within, reflecting the inner truth of the material.
His work is in The Royal Academy of Music, London, and in private collections around the world. With large public commissions in the cities of Bath and Bristol, and corporate clients such as British Telecomm, Aviva and Bacardi, Ben has gained an international reputation for the quality of his work and is a highly collectible artist.