My friend Ben Hammond is a fantastic sculptor, hilarious and is dipping his toes into the fantasy realm with his latest sculpture. More on that below, but first some of his gallery and commissioned works and a little about him.
Ben grew up in Idaho and studied illustration at Ricks College.
Ben’s sculptures have been included in many juried shows throughout the country, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards. In 2015, he was awarded the Gloria Medal and the Beverly Hoyt Robertson Memorial Award and in 2013, he received the Bronze Medal Award at the National Sculpture Society’s Annual Awards Exhibition. He received Best of Show Bronze for six consecutive years (2010-2015) from SculptureWalk in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Ben was selected to compete in The National Competition for Figurative Sculpture where he was awarded the prestigious Charlotte Geffken prize in 2010 and 2011. For three consecutive years (2008-2010) he was awarded the Dexter Jones Award for his work in bas-relief from the National Sculpture Society. He also won first place at the Portrait Society Conference in 2018 for his sculpture An Angel in Contemplation (below)
I own a bronze of this sculpture and it sits in my sitting room. An Angel in Repose
I love visiting other artists’ studios and sculptors might be even better than visiting a fellow painter. I can’t get enough of all the little clay and wax sketches on the shelves. It makes me want to take up sculpting!
Ben keeps resin casts of past works around to made molds from if needed
Ben has also done a ton of busts for the NFL Hall of Fame. It seems like he is always hanging out with the greatest football players and taking them out to lunch. I’m not jealous…
But the real reason I am posting about Ben, is he is going to be doing some mythological fantasy works and I can’t wait to see more! He started with this awesome take on Thor!
Ben is going to be casting it in bronze with an edition of 19. If you are interested, he is doing a pre-cast sale for the first 3 casts at $8500 (an amazing price for something this size) and the last 16 in the edition will be $10500. If you are interested, you can contact Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org and see more of his work on his site.
It is a good sized piece, about 32″ tall. Here it is next to Isaac Stewart (Art Director for Dragonsteel and Brandon Sanderson)
Thanks for giving my post a read and I hope you enjoy Ben’s work as much as I do!