Residing in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, Ben Young is a self-taught artist who has been making glass sculpture for over 15 years and has exhibited alongside well-known glass artists both internationally and in Australia.
Having spent most of his life living in the beautiful Bay of Plenty (North Island, NZ) it seemed natural for him to explore the local landscape and surroundings for early inspiration in his art. A keen surfer and a boat builder by profession, he is largely influenced by the ocean and brings these passions together in his evocative glass forms.
Each of Young’s sculptural works are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted from clear sheet float glass, then laminated layer upon layer to create the final form. He constructs models, draws templates, makes custom jigs and then cuts the layers with a glazier’s hand-tool.
The complexity comes from the planning phase, where he says ‘I do a lot of thinking before I even start to draw or cut’. He then sketches the concept by hand and creates a plan using traditional technical drawing techniques.
Young’s work explores the use of industrial materials to compliment the organic glass shapes. He likes the idea that concrete is a basic construction material, and also the physical and visual contrasts between the textures and colours of both materials.
Certified photographic reproduction of original sculptures by Ben Young are available here. Get one of a limited edition run of 100 prints, signed and numbered by the artist.
Young is available for collaboration and commissioned pieces please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org
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