|Artist Ben Stockwell Teams Up With Waterworks To Celebrate H2O In Paint And Wood|
A chance to see these beautiful works
The exquisitely beautiful works of ocean painter Ben Stockwell will be on display at Waterworks King’s Road showroom from May 29 to June 11, celebrating the infinite possibilities of water …
Marine biologist and experienced diver, Ben Stockwell has had opportunities to see the seas and oceans of our planet at close hand - usually from underwater. His oil studies of the interplay of light and water are breath-taking and he captures the aquatic world with an energy and intimacy that set his work apart.
Each glimpse through the artist’s eyes is an intensely personal experience. Water appears as a childhood memory or as you imagine it in a dream – often much more splendid than the original experience.
‘My goal isn’t merely to paint water and its patterns, but to use and distort the qualities of light, colour and form, to evoke different emotions,’ he says. ‘For me it has to be a magical experience. I wouldn’t want to paint a murky sea in a photo-realist way.’
There can’t be many artists who have explored their theme as in-depth as Ben. Since childhood he’s been diving, swimming and deep-sea fishing. Later, he carried out scientific research for a Masters in marine biology, exploring the remote waters around Sulawesi, Indonesia.
‘Of course I really care about ecological issues and the pressures facing our oceans – particularly as a scientist – but with painting I feel I can make a larger impact. I intend to do so much more and I’m already thinking of other ideas; there will also be the chance at Waterworks showroom to view my first-ever pieces of sculpture, created from flotsam and also with a watery theme.’
May 26, 2015