Artist: Benjamin Lavender
Benjamin Lavender was born and raised in Austin, Texas, an artistic and musical city. When he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, he earned his Associates of Fine Art from Watkins College of Art and Design, with first place in ceramics and second in sculpture during his exiting student show. Lavender then moved to San Diego and received his BA in sculpture from San Diego State University in 2003. Benjamin quickly established himself in local group and solo shows in the surrounding area. Lavender’s most recent exhibition is “Roots,” solo exhibition at Oceanside Museum of Art. He has also made 2 appearances at San Diego Fine Arts Society’s annual, “Sculpture in the Gardens,” at the San Diego Botanic Gardens (formally Quail Botanical) in Encinitas, CA, displaying his latest large-scaled desert sculpture “Second Century,” along with a permanent piece “Ocotillo,” that was purchased and donated to the gardens the previous year. Lavender recently exhibited his largest sculpture to date, “Kite of Paradise,” in the annual “Kites Over Vista”, in Vista, CA, with an appearance in Vista Magazine as a featured artist. Lavender has also participated in several other juried group shows including: the annual “Sculptures in the Street” in Mesa, AZ, “Art and Science” at 2nd City Council Gallery, Long Beach, CA, and “San Diego Art Prize: New Contemporaries,” at Simay Space, San Diego, CA, and the Port Of San Diego Sculpture Show (now named Artwalk on the Bay) at the Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego. Benjamin has shown at Planet Rooth, San Diego, CA multiple times over the past 4 years during “Ray at Night,” San Diego’s longest running art-walk located in North Park. Other benefit shows Lavender has participated include, Jeans For Justice Benefit Auction, Mozart Foundation Benefit Auction, and Party With A Purpose, a New Orleans Benefit. Benjamin Lavender has claimed San Diego as home, but continues to spread his artwork throughout surrounding areas.
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.
Exhibit Location: Clem's Tap House