Ben Panting ‘Year of the Horse’, Mallett, Ely House, 37 Dover Street, London, W1, 21st – 30th May 2014
One can easily understand why international collectors are drawn to the well-modelled, energetic sculptures that Ben Panting produces. Some of you may recall that he was commissioned by Manchester United in 2000 to make a sculpture of the footballing legend Denis Law CBE which can be seen in the Manchester United Museum. He also sculpted a bust of Jimmy Murphy, United’s trainer at the time of the Munich air crash and was commissioned again by the Club to do one of Peter Schmeichel MBE, which they presented to him when he retired as Manchester United goalkeeper.
For this exhibition, which is his first solo show since 1992, Panting is exhibiting his talents as an animalier sculptor showing richly patinated bronzes of horses and some studies of dogs. It is not surprising that this son of a New Zealand born sculptor and a winner of several awards and scholarships, as well as having taught anatomy and sculpture takes a very hands on approach to his works from start to finish.