Ben Nicolas 

Ben is inspired by the impact of energy on the Natural World. This is visualised in this exhibition of new ceramics, metal sculptures and paintings. The earthy tones found in Ben’s pieces mirror the depth and array of colours found in the environment. The work reflects his continued fascination with the natural world and the impact of the elements on it. The collection includes large sculptures suitable for outdoors, as well as smaller sculptures, plates and oil paintings.

 

His new ceramic sculptures, reflect the gnarled and twisted roots of trees struggling to grow in harsh conditions. These are hand-built and then glazed using metal oxides that react with one another, producing unique and organic tones. You need to see the ceramics pieces to fully appreciate them. Since the different tones and colours of the glazed surface reflect light, give each piece a life and vitality of its own, which is lost in the pictorial image.

 

The metal sculptures displayed, reflect Ben’s successful experimentation with a new medium that has freed him from the limitations of size.

Ben’s landscape paintings express the same energy and vitality reflected in his sculpture. He is fascinated by the violent power of running water and the play of light as it filters through the forest.  They have vibrancy and an impressionistic style.

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