To mark what would have been Ben's 101st birthday, the Horsebridge is hosting a retrospective exhibition, offering a rare opportunity to view a private collection of his work that spans the duration of his artistic career.
These unique lino and woodcut prints are accompanied by insights into Ben's early work, with special access to early sketches and preliminary drawings that give context and insight into Ben's inspirations and practice.
Some of these highly collectable and popular prints and editions will be for sale during the exhibition.
Ben Sands (1920 – 2016)
Ben was born in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, the youngest child of parents who had emigrated from Poland in 1913. At school he was forced to write with his right-hand but was permitted to paint and draw with his left. He developed skills that won him a scholarship to The Willesden College of Art in 1934.
By 1943 was asked to participate in WW2. He spent his war in Italy, then after National Service he enrolled at the Central School of Art, and then worked as a commercial artist in various studios, practicing skills in typography and illustration.
After he married in 1960, Ben moved to Whitstable and would in his free time typeset and print a number of Broadsheets and other items, using a small hand press. He was devoted to producing lino-cut engravings in the decades after his retirement. Taking sketches of Whitstable views, he would produce linocuts of them; aspects of the town and people in it.
Ben contributed pictures to the national Society of Wood Engravers exhibitions, before having exhibitions of his own work in the Whitstable Museum and at the Canterbury Beaney gallery.
To mark what would have been Ben's 100th birthday, the Horsebridge is hosting a retrospective exhibition of his work, accompanied by insights into Ben's early work and practice, including sketches and preliminary drawings alongside a collection of his lino and woodcut prints.