Ben Pierce, Missouri
Ben Pierce lives and works in rural Southeast Missouri, where he was born and raised. The son of a brick layer, Pierce learned traditional values, honesty, and hard work, as well as how to work with his hands. Pierce served four years in the US Navy, a place that reinforced the idea of sacrifice and dedication. Graduating from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, Pierce found a direction to focus his skills as a sculptor, creator, and artist.
Pierce builds work that represents the world around him - from personal experiences to nature. In doing so, he creates shapes that are universally identifiable. Pierce constructs simple geometric forms to capture the viewers’ interest and stir their emotions. Strong lines contrasted by curvilinear shapes and negative space are large aspects of Pierce's work that helps to create tension to capture and focus the surrounding space.