A native of England, Sean Henry is one of the most impressive artists of today. At the age of eighteen, he made the decision to create sculpture after becoming inspired by the artwork he saw while visiting Florence, Italy. The theme of Henry’s sculpture is 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.
Sean Henry’s sculptures are individually painted by the artist using oil paint on the bronze surface. Each sculpture is like a three-dimensional painting, and the technique makes it possible for Henry to infuse his works with personality and character. Henry’s figures are frozen in time, as if poised and about to move. But unlike any modern sculptor, Henry’s oil painting technique gives a sense of personal immediacy and depth of emotion to every figure.
Sean has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe. Over the years he has shown at the Royal Festival Hall, London, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and The Society of Sculptors, London.
Born in Woking, England in 1965, Henry graduated from Bristol Polytechnic in 1987. He had his first solo exhibition in London in 1988 and won the Villiers David Prize in 1998, the first sculptor to do so. His work is regularly exhibited by galleries in London, Stockholm, Munich, Brussels and Amsterdam, and can be seen in public collections in the UK, Sweden, Germany and the USA.
Henry’s public works include Walking Man in London’s Holland Park (2000), Man With Potential Selves in the centre of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (2003) and a nine-figure permanent installation at the headquarters of Standard Chartered Bank in the city of London (2008). In 2007 Henry completed Couple – the UK’s first permanent offshore sculpture, a critically acclaimed 13m high and 20m wide painted bronze and steel sculpture located 300 meters off the coast of Northumberland, at Newbiggin Bay. More recent installations include Standing Man in Stockholm city (2010) and Lying Man at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Michigan, USA (2011)
In 2011, twenty polychrome sculptures formed ‘Conflux’ – a solo exhibtion held in and around Salisbury Cathedral that was seen by over 100,000 people during its four month run. The first comprehensive survey of Sean Henry’s work and career was published by Scala Publishers in 2008, a 160 page monograph written by Tom Flynn, the London-based art historian. 2015 will see a large scale solo exhibition of his sculptures and drawings at the Hessenpark Museum in Nue-Anspach, Germany held as part of the biannual sculpture exhibition Blickachsen 10.
Henry is married with three children and lives and works near Winchester, in Hampshire, England.