Marble head fragment, Olympian
Carrara marble - SOLD Height – 26cms Width – 38cms Depth – 30cms
La Via Verde. The green way
Carrara marble on slate Height - 57cms Width – 41cms Depth – 15cms
The Dance of Life
Marble Height – 55cms Width – 31cms Depth – 25cms
Bacardi Bombay Gin commission
Marble and bronze lettering Height - 27cms Width - 15cms
Marble Height - 66cms Width - 46cms
Carrara marble mounted on Welsh slate and the gold strings (from the base guitar of John Entwistle, of 'The Who') Height - 62cms Width - 44cms
Marble with red glass Height - 37cms Width - 25cms
Bath stone (private commission)
Bath stone (Prince's Trust commission)
Avenue of Champions exhibition
Bronze w/ wood Height - 61cms Width - 51cms
Ben Dearnley was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire and he spent much of his life surrounded by music. His late father, Dr Christopher Dearnley, was first, organist at Salisbury cathedral and then of St Paul's Cathedral, London. Thus, from an early age Ben was witness to the majesty of music and sculpture of the highest order. These childhood experiences, together with a deep love for the Masters of the past: Rodin, Michelangelo and Canova are the main motivating forces behind his work.
Ben's work is always involved with the figure and its expressive nature; its truth and beauty. This exploration of the figure has led to many important commissions.
He has long been interested in collaborating with designers and architects and his latest works show something of the endless possibilities.
Ben's latest commission is a carving of the Bacardi Bombay Sapphire Gin logo of Queen Victoria. This has formed part of the reinvention of the Laverstock Mill site in Hampshire by the world famous Thomas Heatherwick studios.
Video by Shelley Williams