I take inspiration from my materials, from the human form, and from classical, Renaissance and 19th - 20th century sculpture. My bronze nudes record investigations of surface textures, modelling materials and patinas, and reflect my love of the works of Michelangelo and Rodin. They are also - like my portrait sculptures - attempts to capture what is distinctive and distinctively beautiful about the particular models used. My wire work began as an experiment in the sculptural potential of armature wire; it has since developed into a contemporary response to classical traditions. All my work is based on a foundation of drawing. Sculpting in wire makes this explicit - each piece is like a drawing in three-dimensional space.
Ben Hooper May 2017
Catalogue for 'Works', an exhibition by Benjamin Hope and Ben Hooper, Gallery Different, London 2017.