“They’re gladiators, but they have to be team players too. The way they give everything to get over the line, it symbolises life in a way: you have to have pain and hardship to get there.”
Ben was invited to be an official artist for the 2012 London Olympics. He produced live paintings at various sporting events throughout the games – rowing, cycling, and Andy Murray in the tennis. Always looking to capture the energy and atmosphere of the event, he was right outside the Olympic Stadium at ten o’clock at night painting Mo Farrah as he won the 5,000 metres.
During the Games, Ben painted live in the Olympic park. He wanted to create his own dynamic environment where painting in front of a live audience would help to forge a unique link between the athletes and himself. Each of the paintings were created during the Games and in some cases the paintings were completed on the same day as the actual event occurred.