A true anomaly in the fields of sculpture and furniture, Benjamin Lavender honed in his art using unique found and reclaimed materials to create his constructions.
Benjamin Lavender’s art reflects his lifelong fascination with the growth and erosion of nature. His signature style involves shaping metal and industrial objects into organic forms reminiscent of plant life and figurative forms. 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.
Originally an Austin native, Lavender ventured out to Nashville where he earned his Associates of Fine Art from Watkins College of Art. Upon moving to San Diego, Lavender earned his Bachoelers Degree in Sculpture from San Diego State. He then immersed himself into the local art scene, including Garden and Museum exhibitions, while defining his signature style of shaping metal, wood, and industrial objects into organic forms reminiscent of nature.
Lavender applied his unique sense of organically defined sculpture to his furniture design. By combining his Sculpture and Furniture mentalities, Lavender continues to design, prototype, and build barrel furniture and sculpture using his fondness of reclaimed materials. The barrel.
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.”