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Benjamin Lavender

Benjamin Lavender

Artist Name: Benjamin Lavender

Title of Piece # 1: Stretch

Media: steel barrel hoops, stainless

Dimensions: 67"H x 36"W x 36"D

Retail Price: $8,600 + tax

Artists’s Statement: Simple beauty is found in nature’s most natural form, emerging into its own place in time and space.

Benjamin Lavender

Title of Piece # 2:
Kneeling Venus

Media: steel barrel hoops

Dimensions: 52"H x 24"W x 32"D

Retail Price: $2,400 + tax

Artists’s Statement: A modern interpretation of Mother Nature’s gift of life.

Artists’s Bio: Benjamin Lavender’s art reflects his lifelong fascination with the growth and erosion of nature. His signature style involves shaping metal and industrial object into organic forms reminiscent of plant life. His latest sculptures are constructed primarily out of metal straps (from reclaimed whiskey and wine barrels) that have been cut, shaped, and twisted into the shapes of various types of forms, from roots to figures, enhancing his ability to mimic nature.

In his own words, “Abstract Naturism is an appropriate way to describe my work, as well as industrially-organic. Both define the outcome of mimicking nature through intense hours of manipulating metal, concrete, paint, and found or reclaimed objects into organically formed art.”


Photos: Nick Ruddick