PLATTS-MILLS, Benjamin F

1948 - 2014

Born at Westminster, London in 1948, son of John Faithful Fortescue Platts-Mills Q.C. (1906-2001), his mother's maiden name is given as Adler, although his father married at Westminster in 1936, Janet Katherine née Cree (1910-1992). Ben spent two years at art college and two years as an apprentice carving marble in Italy. On his return to England he commenced drawing and painting pictures, living in near poverty. Ben has lived at Eye, Suffolk since 1977 and in 1987 the Great Storm hit Eye and he started the Eye Town Moors Woodlands project, which meant that he could work in three dimensions and learn about the environment, trees, ecology and volunteers. He lived, with three others, on a site called 'Heaven' in the corner of a field belonging to a saw mill. Most of his work was for outdoor public spaces, completed here for a particular place and then transported but sometimes carved a tree in situ. He has work at Hardings Pits in South Lynn, Kings Lynn; Fairstead Green, North Lynn, Kings Lynn; Sign posts for the Little Ouse Headwaters Project, Blo Norton, Norfolk; ‘Kingfishers’ for Tower Homes in Sidcup, Kent; Gateway project, Hitcham, Suffolk and has exhibited at Waveney Springs Art Trail. He died at Eye on 9 November 2014.




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