In Ben Young’s liquid sculptures, calm bodies of hand-cut glass float atop jagged concrete. The New Zealand-based artist is known for his miniature figures placed in large expanses of translucent material, creating a contemplative atmosphere that juxtaposes a minuscule depiction of humanity alongside the immensity of the oceans and other bodies of water. Each piece contrasts the organic topography with the ideal right angles that give each piece its cubic shape and expose cross-sections.
Residing in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, Ben Young is a self-taught artist who has been making glass sculptures 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.