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image credit: Ben Dawson: Eastbourne Pier
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Artwork of Ben Dawson mooted as next big local thing

More than a ripe of interest is surrounding an artist star who lives in Pevensey Bay, his artwork is being mooted as the next big local thing in the artist community here.

Ben Dawson, who has joined the pioneering Makery collective of artists based at the Enterprise Centre in Eastbourne, lives in Pevensey Bay.

He is quietly beginning to see his work talked about beyond the locality.

The artist, who is to see his work featured on Renovate not Relocate with Sarah Beeney in a new property programme, in January 2019, may well be about to hit that magic moment when his work will reach a bigger audience.

The multi-award-winning network UKTV has commissioned a brand-new property focused series. The series is being produced by Outline Productions. Really is a leading real-life TV channel, offering viewers lifestyle programming such as Homes Under The Hammer, DIY SOS and Escape to the Country.

Ben paddleboards his own canoodle with art. Some of his work sees him scanning the local horizon from his novel viewpoint beyond the shoreline.

Ben says, “I am an artist living in Pevensey Bay, East Sussex. I am lucky enough to live on the beach and spend all my spare time on or around the water either painting, kitesurfing or paddle boarding

“Many of my paintings are views from my paddle board off the south coast”.

Some of his work, like his takes on Eastbourne pier, have already been featured in the local press. The work is doing the rounds with nods of approval from a number of local art critics.

One local commentator said “the work of Ben Dawson is intriguing, you can pick up references to all kinds of people from Paul Nash to the abstract expressionists of the late forties, the backdrop canvas that we are about to see in the Sarah Beeney programme in January, for example, is straight out of the Jackson Pollock playbook,”

“But look closely at the figurative work hiding in the big canvas and there is something else going on in the picture, there is a bit of Henri Rousseau or William Blake going on in there as well, or something”

“There is a vision, insight and thinking in his work that makes Ben Dawson intriguing.

“Modern art and certainly contemporary, but with an understanding of shape, building and shoreline that enables us to date the work in the personal historical log of our collective imagination that makes us think somehow, certainly interesting.

“Perhaps the most interesting aspect to his work as he paddles his own way with art, is that he keeps changing his style, bloody fascinating.”

The artist has recently decided to dedicate his work to his art, after a career in service management with hotels.

He is already seeing his work being picked up by local collectors at prices that look set to rise in the coming months.

The art of Ben Dawson is to feature in a new insert newspaper, dedicated to local art, that launches on Saturday 26 January 2019, edited by local artist Val Racher.

A one man exhibition of his work is also being mooted, to be held at the Ethel Wood Centre in Pevensey Bay late in January 2019 as part of the launch of the insert newspaper.

Not often that we see a stand out artist emerging in our community.

The work of Ben Dawson is already being talked about in slightly hushed tones as a local artist star that is about to be born, living and working here in Pevensey Bay.

His work was brought to our attention by the publisher the Pevensey Bay Journal, Dianne Dear.

Handing us his novel little business card, she said with thought, “I think we should look at the work of this bloke”.

The work of Ben Dawson is to feature in the next edition of the Pevensey Bay Journal with a special interview, in local newsagents Saturday 26 November.

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