Ben Russell

When producing his work Ben uses a mixture of the traditional skills learnt from his time in the heritage industry, whilst employing a fairly spontaneous direct carving approach. Having fallen for the charms of stone he takes inspiration from the grown world. Many of the ideas behind his pieces come from the landscape and habitats that surround him in the rolling hills of West Dorset. He is fascinated by the interaction of seemingly soft or flowing organic forms within a hard natural material, and seeks to capture nature as he sees it in his minds eye. Having originally trained first in Architectural Stonework and Conservation at Weymouth College and then in Historic Stone Carving at City and Guilds of London Art School Ben went on to work across London on many prestigious restoration projects. In 2013 Ben was awarded a Duke of Gloucester for his efforts in the field and his work can be found upon such buildings and monuments as The Albert Memorial, County Hall, The houses of Parliament and St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle. In 2017 Ben left London to set up his practise in his home county of Dorset where he now focuses upon his own work. He had a successful solo show at Hignell Gallery the same year and continues to exhibit his work regularly at group shows.

Installed

Journey is now installed in a beautiful spot at the sculpture park. The greenery is the perfect backdrop for my piece and I am really happy with the way this has turned out! Been a great experience and thanks so much to the Broomhill team for everything! Below are a couple of shots of my …

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Finishing touches

Here I put the sculpture onto the base using a stainless steel dowel. The base I already had left over from a previous piece. Then I spend one more day neatening up the forms whilst Willie my rescue lurcher/studio assistant enjoys the sun. Follow and like this finalist:

Rub down

Time for finishing touches. Here I am finishing the outer edge of the ring with a coarse tungsten rubbing block which gives a nice open texture. Then I wet polish the front and back surfaces with diamond pads on a grinder. Finally I go on to hand finish the final grade of polishing with wet …

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Its a disc!

Giving the outer edge a final working over with the grinder. Really coming together now. The end is in sight! Will spend a couple more days finishing the roots and neatening up here and there but feels good to have got to this stage with a little time to spare! Follow and like this finalist:

Making the disc

The main stages involved when cutting the disc shape. The piece is now much more manageable and can be manhandled a little easier. Its not the nicest of working conditions but I do love a bit of grinder time on a nice piece of Portland! Follow and like this finalist:

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