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Ben West

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Processed l, 2013 Collage on Card 11" X 14" © Ben West
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Processed ll, 2013 Collage on Card 11" X 14" © Ben West
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Processed lll, 2013 Collage on Card 11" X 14" © Ben West
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Processed lV, 2013 Collage on Card 11" X 14" © Ben West
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Endless Tube of Steel, 2013 Collage on Card 12.7" X 10" © Ben West
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Space Outside, 2011 Collage on Cardboard 11" X 14" © Ben West
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Plant Machine, 2003 Collage on Canvas 12" X 12" © Ben West
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Modified Landscape, 2010 Collage on Canvas 12" X 17" © Ben West
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Britain ll, 2013 Collage on Card 11"x14" © Ben West
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Britain I, 2013 Collage on Card 11"x14" © Ben West
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Britain lll, 2013 Collage on Card 11"x14" © Ben West
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Britain lV, 2013 Collage on Card 11"x14" © Ben West
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Britain V, 2013 Collage on Card 11"x14" © Ben West
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Britain Vl, 2013 Collage on Card 11"x14" © Ben West
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Nature Explained Collage on Canvas Board A3 © Ben West
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Storm-Cloud, 2007 Collage on Card 18"x24" © Ben West
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Man Made, 2013 Collage on Card 12.7"x10" © Ben West
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Page 18, August 2014 Paper on Card 30 X 22 Centimeters © Ben West
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Page 31, August 2014 Collage 30cm X 22cm © Ben West
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Page 36, August 2014 Collage 30cm X 22cm © Ben west
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Page 53, August 2014 Collage 30cm X 22cm © Ben West
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Page 72, August 2014 Collage 30cm X 22cm © Ben West
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Page 88, August 2014 Collage 30cm X 22cm © Ben West
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Page 108, August 2014 Collage 30cm X 22cm © Ben West
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
UK
Birth year
1974
Lives in
London
Works in
London
Tags
photomontage, collage, mixed-media, design, photo
Biography

Ben is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates work that is inspired by nature, and influenced by environmental and ecological issues. Through the mediums of collage and photography Ben's artwork examines our ever-changing relationship with nature, and highlights the consequences of human activity upon our surroundings.

Influenced by Naturalists such as Joseph Banks, Sir Hans Sloane, and the principles of natural observational science, Ben is a passionate collector. He enjoys compiling a variety of resources for use in the works which are fragmented, lost, or unwanted from his surroundings. The subsequent works become a juxtaposition of various collated discarded printed materials, and natural artefacts.

His practice is heavily influenced by the writings of John Ruskin, and the Arts and Craft movement of the early 19th century, where artists tended to oppose machine manufacture in favor of craft production. This philosophy was initiated in part by the writings of Ruskin, in which his social criticism gave rise to a reaction against the styles that were developed by machine-production. Therefore, integral to his practice is this need to create works which are cut and arranged by hand, employing digital techniques only for archiving and reproduction. Maintaining an attachment to the materials used in the process is key to the arrangements, ultimately defining his work.

Inspired by an essay by Ruskin entitled "The Storm-Cloud of the Nineteenth-Century (1884), where he describes the effects of early industrialisation on weather patterns, Ben's graphic collage archive and website is named Storm-Cloud.

His collages are ultimately concerned with how we continue to interact with, and impact, our natural surroundings with technological, economic, and political developments. Whilst the images he creates possess a playfulness, this belies his intention to communicate a serious environmental and political statement.