ben wilson (born 1963) is an english wood carver and outsider artist. the son of an artist, wilson grew up in a creative environment and attended art school. his distaste for industrial waste, cars and rubbish eventually turned into an art form. he creates tiny works of art by painting chewing gum stuck to the pavement. initially, his work garnered him unwanted attention from the authorities, but because he is not defacing private property but merely painting rubbish, he was found to be breaking no law.
in addition to the chewing gum art, wilson paints and sculpts. he has exhibited his paintings and sculptures in england, the united states, germany, ireland, finland, france and serbia.
it takes ben wilson an average of about three hours to create each piece of gum art. if you’re lucky you may even spot him lying on the concrete with his blowtorch and acrylic paints tackling the latest gob of abandoned chewing gum with an intricately detailed mini-masterpiece. Adds a new dimension to appreciating the little things… ben’s been at it for eight years.