I have been a student, traveler, adventurer, restaurateur, and artist. In art I found my path. I enjoy the exploration process of my ideas and their eventual prototyping and creation from raw materials and found objects.
I discovered my medium while building restaurants. Although I studied some art in college, it wasn’t until I began to design and build with metal that I realized where I wished to focus my energy.
The past few years, during which I have lived and worked as an artist, have proved to be a satisfying and continuing education. I’ve learned that clay, plaster, glass, wood, fiberglass, iron, steel, and bronze all work beautifully to give life to my ideas. I am now sculpting, building furniture, making wall-hung art and teaching young people art design and construction in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Working as an artist in Jackson Hole situates me in the midst of a wild place and enables me to express my deep regard for the environment through my sculpture. My work continues to reflect the scale of the mountains, the impact of the seasons and the influence of the natural world. For me, art is a means of expression and also a way to have a positive impact on our interactions with the environment.Artist's Biography
Ben Roth was born in Cheyenne, WY and raised in Littleton, CO. The Front Range of the Rocky Mountains provided a childhood of camping and fishing, honing his eye for the evocative shapes of the natural world.
After graduating from UNLV with a degree in hotel management, Ben worked in the restaurant business and began to explore art on the side, fine tuning his understanding of the interplay between sensory experiences. In 2001, Ben founded YARD Art through the Art Association of Jackson Hole. “Young Artists-Revolutionary Designs” provided emerging artists with the opportunity to learn the process of metal fabrication and sculptural design. During his time mentoring young artists, Ben made art his primary focus and started Ben Roth Design, the business he continues to own and run today.
Inspired by the dramatic beauty of the Tetons and the wildlife of Wyoming, Ben crafts metal works and sculptures that possess both a simplicity and intricacy.
Ben Roth has received awards for his art from both Americans for the Arts and Custom Home Magazine. The Value of Water, a group show with author Terry Tempest Williams and Felicia Resor was installed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City where it was on display in 2011 and 2012. His works are held in numerous private collections throughout the Rocky Mountains, California, and the Upper Midwest. His public art installations can be seen in Vail, CO, Green Mountain Falls, CO, Jackson, WY, Cheyenne, WY, and Minneapolis, MN.