Ben is fascinated by sense of place and landscape drawing inspiration from the specific part of Essex in which he lives.
Over the course of his career he has won substantial commissions to make public sculpture, as well as converting a set of barns into his family home and managing his family’s fruit farm. He has always made drawings alongside his sculptural practice. In 2013 he fell ill and was unable to produce large scale sculptures. In recovery he turned to watercolours, which are prize winning and widely exhibited both nationally and internationally.
“This body of paintings primarily reflect the landscape I live in."
"Being here in Essex there is not all that much romance. Here in this landscape it is mainly by turns muddy or dusty. It is dark. I become overwhelmed by colours and giant skies. And there is history. This land has been worked over, churned, and used for a long time. The marks of that use and its vanished inhabitants are everywhere."
Ben has a BA in Fine art, The University of Edinburgh and an MA Art in Architecture, The University of East London.