Ben Dearnley

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Ben Dearnley
Born 1964 (age 52–53)
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Nationality English
Education Les Sandham
Known for Sculpture

Ben Dearnley (born 1964) is an English sculptor. He was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.


In 1997 Dearnley began his training in carving stone with sculptor Les Sandham.[1]

The 'Avenue of Champions' series[edit]

Dearnley was selected as an Official Olympic Artist for London's 2012 Olympics, and is best known for his 'Avenue of Champions' series, a collaboration with some of Britain’s finest Olympic and Paralympics athletes to commemorate the 2012 Games. Athletes depicted in the series include: Ade Adepitan, Debbie Flood, Alex O'Connell, Christine Ohuruogu, Lee Pearson, Louis Smith, Leon Taylor and Steve Williams. Possibly most notable is a monumental, three-tonne block of Bath Stone depicting the torso of Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, commissioned by the City of Bath and now displayed in the city's Southgate Shopping Centre.[2]

Other work[edit]

Dearnley's other works include: a bronze portrait of violist Lionel Tertis, on permanent display at the Royal Academy of Music; a marble torso placed within London's Law Courts; and a bird sculpture on permanent show in Lake Farm Country Park in Hayes, west London.


  1. ^ "Ben Dearnley". Marshall Murray. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ben Dearnley". T5 Gallery, Heathrow. Retrieved 17 May 2013.