Ben Russell

Inspired by the dark and mystical Dorset countryside, Ben Russell explores the remarkable forms of fungi, using a wide variety of alabasters and limestones. For centuries fungi have been the focus of many superstitious beliefs and folktales and Ben hints at their ancient mysticism in a series of exquisitely realised sculptural forms. His fungi lend themselves to the texture and quality of stones. Considering the dynamics of light, shadow and reflection, Ben creates a body of work that cultivates a sense of wonder and enchantment. 

Ben is a stone carver, letter cutter and restorer. He trained in Applied Architectural Stonework and Conservation at Weymouth College in Dorset and then went on to train in Historic Carving at the City and Guilds of London Art School. Since graduating, Ben has worked throughout London on numerous historic facades and monuments. He recently had an exhibition, ‘The Cactus House’ at the Hignell Gallery in London. Ben now lives in Dorset.

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