Born in 1965, Sean graduated from Bristol Polytechnic in 1987 and now lives and works in Hampshire. His work occupies private and public locations in many parts of the world. Fusing the disciplines of ceramics with those of sculpture to create a fresh, innovative approach to representing the human figure. Henry’s painted figures have helped to revive the long tradition of poly-chrome sculpture.
Henry describes the theme of his work as “the tension between the making and staging of figures that seem to belong to the real world, and the degree to which they echo our experiences and sympathies”. His sculptures are modeled in clay before being finished by the artist using oil and other paints, on either a cast bronze or ceramic surface. Mark Lawson has described Henry’s offshore sculpture Couple as “confirming the current power of public art”.
His first solo show was in London in 1988 and he has since gone on to exhibit his work widely in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the UK, USA, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Italy, Australia, Greece and Switzerland.
Henry’s recent exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral attracted over 100,000 visitors during its 4-month run in 2011, a record for the Cathedral.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Time Being: Osborne Samuel Gallery, Mayfair, London Das Geprüfte Leben / The Examined Life: Kulturzentrum Englische Kirche, Bad Homburg, Germany Das Geprüfte Leben / The Examined Life: Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg, Germany Here and Now: LKFF Art & Sculpture Projects, Brussels, Belgium 2015 Sean Henry: Forum Gallery, New York, US Hessenpark Museum, Bliackachsen 10, Nue-Anspach, Germany Saalburg Museum, Blickachsen 10, Bad Homburg, Germany 2014 Sean Henry, Galerie Andersson Sandstrom, Stockholm, Sweden Sleeper: LKFF Art & Sculpture Projects, Brussels, Belgium 2013 Sean Henry: Glyndebourne Opera House, Sussex, England 2012 The Way It Is: Osborne Samuel Gallery, London 2011 Conflux: A Union of the Sacred and the Anonymous, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, 2010 Sean Henry Sculpture, Forum Gallery, New York, US Sean Henry Sculpture, Gallerie Andersson Sandstrom, Stockholm, Sweden 2008 New Sculpture and Drawing, Osbourne Samuel Gallery, London 2007 Presence:GalerieAndersson Sandstrom, Umea, Sweden Presence: Galerie Von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany 2006 You’re Not The Same, Forum Gallery, New York and Los Angeles Sean Henry: Sculpture, Cartwright Hall, Bradford, UK 2005 Sculpture and Drawings, Kunsthandel Frans Jacobs, Amsterdam, Holland 2004 Sculpture in the Workplace, Canary Wharf, London Sculpture at Goodwood, Sussex Here and Now, Berkeley Square Gallery, London
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