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Ben Wilson aka Chewing Gum Man · biography
Ben Wilson (B.1963)

Ben Wilson is an artist who has worked throughout his life in many different situations, using many different mediums creating a wide range of works from tiny chewing gum miniatures to vast sculptural buildings. He presently lives in Muswell Hill.

Art Projects
2004-ongoing Chewing Gum Paintings London, Berlin, Bacquville
2003-2004 Black and White Series Muswell Hill, London
2000-2003 Oil Pastel Series Muswell Hill, London
1983-ongoing Wooden Sculptural Reliefs Barnet and Muswell Hill, London

Ben working
sleeping figure, hadley woods 1986 (no longer exists)
Sculptural Environments
2003 Sculptural Chapel Contemporary Folk Art Museum, Kaustinen, Finland
1997-2002 Sculptural Garden Woodhouse College, North Finchley, London
1994-1997 Sculptural Garden Christchurch School, North Finchley, London
1995-1996 Wooden Towers & Walkway American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, USA
1995 Inner City Garden Battlebridge Centre, Kings Cross, London
1994 Twin Chairs Woodhouse College, North Finchley, London
1993 Dome with Seat & Tree Lehnin Institute, Nr. Berlin, Germany
1993 Flowering Wooden Archway Private Collection, London
1991-1992 Sculpture with Stairway to Room Wysing Grange Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
1990 Garden Sculptural Relief Private Collection, Sydney, Australia
1989 Woman Overlooking Valley Private Collection, Wellington, New Zealand
1989 Mississippi Chair Private Collection, Illinois, USA
1989 Lake Sculpture Nailsworth Festival, Gloucestershire
1987 Sculptural Play Area Rudolf Steiner School, Kings Langley
1987 Sculptural Play Area Coram Fields, London
1987 Boat Hadley Woods, Barnet
1986 Sleeping Figure Hadley Woods, Barnet (see image above)
1986 Man & Horse Oakleigh Theological College, Barnet
1985-86 Giant Table and Chairs Oakleigh Theological College, Barnet
1984-85 Wooden Sculptural Environment Middlesex Polytechnic, Barnet

Collections

Amercian Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, USA

Museum of Contemporary Folk Art, Kaustinen, Finland

Musgrave-Kinley Outsider Art Collection at the Musuem of Modern Art, Dublin

Wysing Grange Arts Centre, Cambridge


Exhibitions

Tree of Life - Amercian Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, USA 1995

Works from the Musgrave-Kinley Collection - Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Mar-June 2002

British Outsider Art - Musee La Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, France Mar-Aug 2008

Julian Hartnoll Gallery, London 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013

Raw Vision - Halle Saint Pierre, Paris September 2013 to August 2014


Publications

Self-Made Worlds - Visionary Folk Art Environments by Roger Manly and Mark Sloan pg. 96

Raw Creation by John Maizels 1996 pg. 80-83

Raw Vision No 21 1997

Monika's Story by Monika Kinley 2005 pg. 150-51 and 204

Raw Vision No 55 2006

London Street Art 2 by Alex MacNaughton 2007

Outsider Art Source Book Edited by John Maizels 2009 pg. 162

Useful Links

raw vision article
bbc article
british outsider art
christina's blog

this interesting article published in the New York Times on the 14th June 2011