Fascinated by the dominance of American culture, Ben Turnbull masterfully crafts his realisations about the country’s relationship with violence. Often adopting toys and objects from our youth, he creates symbolic works which reveal startling truths about war, violence and patriotism. Satirising and subverting cult objects, he creates his visual commentary.
In his 'Supermen' series (2011) he utilises comic book idols as he constructs portraits and iconography of modern day heroes from our childhood fictional ones. He celebrates the real heroic strength which exists outside the pages of comic books and examines who we look to for protection from an early age to adulthood.
In recent years, Turnbull has been featured in two significant public exhibitions. During October and November 2012, Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Art presented a retrospective of Ben Turnbull’s practice from the last decade. The exhibition featured over twenty major sculptural and wall-based works alongside newly commissioned pieces and a publication with essay by Richard Dyer. Turnbull was also featured in 'We Could Be Heroes: The Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art' at Brigham Young University’s Museum of Art, Utah from December 2012 to April 2013 alongside other artists including Takashi Murakami and Maurizio Cattelan.
Ben Turnbull was born in 1974. He lives and works in London.