Born in 1981, Ben Riley is an accomplished British artist based in Staffordshire. Music played a significant role in his journey to becoming a professional artist. Unlike their digital counterparts, the vinyl records utilized in Riley’s practice are a nature of their own. Appealing to the eye, the ear, and the touch, his completely vinyl portraits, broken down to fragments and dust, allow viewers to feel and visualize the vitality of pressed music which is so quickly being lost in the digital age.
“I feel as an artist it is my duty to connect the viewer with th eicon, to feel the mind, body, and soul – allowing the music to make the icon, rather than the icon making the music.”