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Sean HENRY

Sean HENRY

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 and other paints on the bronze or ceramic surface.
Henry has become adept at the manipulation of scale and almost always avoids life-sized representation. He explores the narrative capabilities of sculpture through a variety of strategies; by using more than one figure; by the economical use of contemporary iconography; and by a masterful ability to suggest psychological presence. His figurative sculptures are self-contained, often pensive, preoccupied by their inner imaginings. They exude what the ancient Greeks used to call sophrosyne, or self-control. This sense of being grounded is central to Henry's figures and creates their strong physical presence, their sense of being and enduring. He has an ability to pare down his objective material and conceptualize the essential inner self whilst combining this with his consummate skill as a sculptor and painter and his understanding of form and mass. 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 at some of the most prestigious galleries.
Past projects range in scale from Couple - the UK's first permanent offshore sculpture - a critically acclaimed large scale, 13m high, 18m wide bronze and steel sculpture installed off the North East coast of England in Northumberland, to an indoor installation of nine sculptures at the new premises of Standard Chartered Bank in the City of London. Other notable works include the three figured Man With Potential Selves, located in the centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne and at the Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch, London, Melancholia an intimate 10cm deep relief sculpture and John (Standing) a 31" high depiction of a homeless man that the artist met in London.
In 2008 Scala Publishers published the first comprehensive monograph on Henry's work, written by the art historian Tom Flynn, which was followed in 2011 by Scala's publication of Conflux to mark the artists biggest exhibition to date at England's Salisbury Cathedral, which attracted over 100,000 visitors during its run, a record for the Cathedral.
Sean Henry lives and works in the UK; he is married and has three children.

  • 1965Born in Woking
  • 1984 - 1987Studies at Bristol Polytechnic.
  • 1991 - 1992Sean Henry is a visiting artist at the University of California.
  • 1998He is the first sculptor to win the Villiers David Prize.
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Sean Henry
November 2016
Sean HenryAn interview with artist Sean Henry.

Un sculpteur de dimensions
March 2016
Un sculpteur de dimensionsL'Echo, by Bernard Roisin

Sean Henry chez LKFF
March 2016
Sean Henry chez LKFFby Ph. Cornet, Trends Tendance

Digital catalogue "Here and Now"
March 2016
Digital catalogue "Here and Now"Digital catalogue of Sean Henry sculptures, by LKFF Art & Sculpture Projects

Press release "Here and Now"
March 2016
Press release "Here and Now"by LKFF Art & Sculpture Projects

"Tim Berners-Lee sculpture unveiled at National Portrait Gallery"
May 2015
"Tim Berners-Lee sculpture unveiled at National Portrait Gallery" by Louise Jury, The Standard

"Bernes-Lee statue marks birthday"
May 2015
"Bernes-Lee statue marks birthday"by Press Association, Yahoo News UK

"Maybe they should have done it in chrome..."
May 2015
"Maybe they should have done it in chrome..."by Steph Cockroft

"National Portrait Gallery unveils sculpture of Tim Berners-Lee"
May 2015
"National Portrait Gallery unveils sculpture of Tim Berners-Lee"by Mark Brown, The Guardian

Sculpture Review
July 2014
Sculpture Review

"Les rêves éveillés de Sean Henry"
June 2014
"Les rêves éveillés de Sean Henry"by Aliénor Debrocq, Le Soir (MAD supplement)

"Statuaire Humaine"
June 2014
"Statuaire Humaine"By Claude Lorent, Art Libre, La Libre Belgique

Interview
June 2014
Interviewby SVT

"Sean Henry coule le réalisme du quotidien dans le bronze"
June 2014
"Sean Henry coule le réalisme du quotidien dans le bronze"By Didier Béclard, L'Echo

"Troublantes Sculptures"
June 2014
"Troublantes Sculptures"By Michel Verlinden, Week-End Vif

Exhibition catalogue "Sleepers"
May 2014
Exhibition catalogue "Sleepers"By LKFF Art & Sculpture Projects

"Bronsskulpturer med undertoner"
April 2014
"Bronsskulpturer med undertoner"By Birgitta Rubin, DN SH

"Sean Henry pa Galleri Andersson/Sandstrom"
February 2014
"Sean Henry pa Galleri Andersson/Sandstrom"by Maria Johansson, Konsten

"Sean Henrys skulpturer utgar fran vanliga manniskor"
February 2014
"Sean Henrys skulpturer utgar fran vanliga manniskor"by SVT Kultur

"Pa tur i manniskans inre"
February 2014
"Pa tur i manniskans inre"Konstvarlden

"Ny bronsskulptur vid liljevalchs konsthall"
February 2014
"Ny bronsskulptur vid liljevalchs konsthall"ABC

"Sculptures to spend summer at the opera "
May 2013
"Sculptures to spend summer at the opera "The Times

"The big sleep Glynderbourne hosts sculpture show "
May 2013
"The big sleep Glynderbourne hosts sculpture show "The guardian

"The Big Picture : Henry at Glyndebourne "
May 2013
"The Big Picture : Henry at Glyndebourne " BBc News

"World in focus"
August 2011
"World in focus" San Francisco Chronicle

"Sean Henry"
August 2011
"Sean Henry"Metro

"Pictures in the News"
August 2011
"Pictures in the News"Los Angeles Times

"Sean Henry - Conflux "
July 2011
"Sean Henry - Conflux " Salisbury Life Summer

"Cathedral's giant sculptures face up to the unknow"
September 2010
"Cathedral's giant sculptures face up to the unknow"The Times

"Jag ar intresserad av ogonblicken mellan handelser, pauserna"
August 2010
"Jag ar intresserad av ogonblicken mellan handelser, pauserna"by Birgitta Rubin, Dagens Nyheter

"Capturing the rhythm of 30 years"
June 2010
"Capturing the rhythm of 30 years" by Aidan Dunne, Irish Time

  • 2016"The examined life", solo exhibition, Scheffel Gallery, Bad Homburg, Germany
  • 2016"Colour Field", solo exhibition, Samuel Osbourne Gallery, London, UK
  • 2015Group Show at Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany
  • 2015Group Show "Im Kleinen format", Bad Homburg, Germany
  • 2015Solo show in conjuction with Blickachsen 10 : Hessenpark Museum, Neu Anspach
  • 2014Sean Henry, Gallerie Andersson Sandstrom, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2014Sleepers, LKFF Sculpture Projects, Brussels, Belgium (Solo)
  • 2013Sean Henry Sculpture Glyndebourne Opera House (solo), Sussex, UK
  • 2013In Kleinen Format, Galerie Scheffel, Ban Homburh, Germany
  • 2013Heavy Metal and Stones, Galleri Andersson Sandstrom, Umea, Sweden
  • 2013BLICKACHSEN 9, Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg, Germany
  • 2012The Way It Is Osborne Samuel & Economist Plaza (solo), St James's London, UK
  • 2012Five Decades of Art & Artists Forum Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2012Interesting Times Harold Martin Botanic Garden, Leicester, UK
  • 2011CONFLUX: A Union of the Sacred and the Anonymous (solo), Salisbury Cathedral, UK
  • 2011After Work Galleri Andersson Sandstrom, Umea, Sweden
  • 2011Vantage Point Forum Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2011Modern and Contemporary Art Osborne Samuel, London, UK
  • 2010Sean Henry Sculpture, Gallerie Andersson Sandstrom (solo), Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2010Sean Henry Sculpture (solo), Forum Gallery, NY, USA
  • 2010Liminality: Toward the Unknown Region, Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire, UK
  • 2010Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex, Uk
  • 2010Éigse 30 year Visual Arts Retrospective, Carlow, Ireland
  • 2010Summer Selection, Rarity Gallery, Myconos, Greece
  • 2010British Sculpture, Osborne Samuel, London, UK
  • 2009Sean Henry Sculpture, Royal British Society of Sculptors (solo), London, UK
  • 2009Heads & Figures, Munich, Germany
  • 2009Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA
  • 2009Art Miami, Florida, USA
  • 2009Tefaf, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • 2008New Sculpture & Drawing, Osborne Samuel (solo), London, UK
  • 2008Borås International Sculpture Festival, Borås, Sweden
  • 2008Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA
  • 2007Presence, Gallerie Andersson Sandstrom (solo), Umea, Sweden
  • 2007Presence, Galerie von Braunbehrens (solo), Munich, Germany
  • 2007Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA
  • 2007Art Miami, Florida, USA
  • 2007Tefaf, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • 2006You’re Not the Same, Forum Gallery (solo), New York and Los Angeles, USA
  • 2006Sean Henry: Sculpture, Cartwright Hall (solo), Bradford, UK
  • 2006British Sculpture Osborne Samuel, London, UK
  • 2006Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA
  • 2006Art Miami, Florida, USA
  • 2006Tefaf , Maastricht, Netherlands
  • 2006Umedalen Skulptur 2006
  • 2005Sculpture & Drawings, Kunsthandel Frans Jacobs (solo), Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2005Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA
  • 2005Art Miami, Florida, USA
  • 2005Figurative Impluse Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2005Important New Works Forum Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2005Eigse Carlow Arts Festival Carlow
  • 2005Art Cologne Fair
  • 2005Pan Amsterdam Fair
  • 2005Tefaf Maastricht
  • 2004Here and Now, Berkeley Square Gallery (solo), London, UK
  • 2004Sculpture in the Workplace, Canary Wharf (solo), London, UK
  • 2004Sculpture at Goodwood
  • 2004Art Miami, Florida, USA
  • 2004Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA
  • 2004Pan Amsterdam Fair
  • 2003Art Miami, Florida, USA
  • 2003Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA
  • 2003"Thinking Big" Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, USA
  • 2002Sculpture & Drawings, Forum Gallery (solo), New York and Los Angeles, USA
  • 2002"About Face", Croydon Clocktower Museum, London, UK
  • 2002Art Miami, Florida, USA
  • 2002Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA
  • 2002Art Chicago
  • 2002"Thinking Big" Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, USA
  • 2001Sculpture & Drawings, Berkeley Square Gallery (solo), London, UK
  • 2001Art Miami, Florida, USA
  • 2001Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA
  • 2001Art 2001, London, UK
  • 2001Art Chicago, Chicago, USA
  • 2001Salon de Mars, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2000Classicismi Metropolitan, Rome, Italy
  • 2000Art Miami Florida
  • 2000Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA
  • 2000Art 2000, London, UK
  • 2000Art Chicago, Chicago, USA
  • 1999A Pilgrimage, Davies & Tooth (Villiers David Prize Exhibition), London, UK
  • 1998The Centre of the Universe Circolo Degli Artisti (solo), Faenza, Italy
  • 1997Up Against it Air Gallery (solo), London, UK
  • 1995New Sculpture and Drawings John Natsoulas Gallery (solo), Davis California, USA
  • 1994The Flip-side of Dominic Hyde Holdsworth Gallery (solo), Sydney, Australia
  • 1991Seven Heads John Natsoulas Gallery (solo), Davis California, USA
  • 1988Inner Visions Michaelson & Orient Gallery (solo), London, UK
  • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Michigan
  • Stockholm City Collection, Stockholm
  • Christian Ringes - Ekeberg Sculpture Park, Oslo
  • Seven Bridges Collection, Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Scheringa Museum of Realist Art, Spanbroekerweg
  • Peak Investments, Chicago
  • The Seavest Collection, Florida
  • Boras University, Boras, Sweden
  • Standard Charter Bank, London
  • Umea City Collection, Umea
  • Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland
  • ING Bank, Amsterdam
  • Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, Sussex
  • Paddington Central Development, London
  • University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA
  • Arizona State University Museum, Arizona
  • Holland Park, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, London
  • Newcastle City Collection, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland
  • River and Rowing Museum, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire
  • Le Meridien Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch, London
  • Paddington Central Development, London
  • City of bad Homburg, Germany
  • Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, London, UK
  • De Montford University, Leicester, England
  • Royal British Legion, Pall Mall, London, England
  • 2015"Sean Henry", Aidan Dunne, Publisher : Forum Gallery
  • 2014"Sean Henry", Aidan Dunne, Publisher : Galeri Andersson Sandstrom
  • 2013"Sean Henry at Glyndebourne", Peter Osborne, Tom Flynn, Sean Henry
  • 2012"The way it is", Ann Eliot, Publisher : Osborne Samuel Gallery
  • 2011Conflux: Sean Henry at Salisbury Cathedral, Richard Cork, Tom Flynn, Scala Publishers, 2011
  • 2010"Eigse Carlow: A Retrospective Exhibition: 1979-2010",VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland
  • 2009‘Heads & Figures’ Hans Joachim Müller, published by Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany
  • 2008"Sean Henry: New Sculpture and Drawing" Tom Flynn, published by Osborne Samuel Gallery, London
  • 2008"Couple: An Off-Shore Sculpture" Mark Lawson & Anna Woodford, published by Inspire Northumberland
  • 2007Sculpture at Goodwood: a vision for Twenty-First Century British Sculpture
  • 2007Bronze, Ann Elliot & Sue Hubbard.
  • 2007"Sean Henry: Presence", Elspeth Moncrieff and Tom Flynn Braunbehrens Gallery
  • 2006Destination Art, Amy Dempsey, Thames & Hudson, 2006
  • 2006"You"re Not The Same" Tom Flynn, published by Forum Gallery New York and Los Angeles, USA
  • 2005"Sean Henry" Tom Flynn - Kunsthandel Frans Jacobs/ Judith Bouwknegt
  • 2005"Eigse Carlow Visual Art Catalogue 2005" Elspeth Moncrieff, Carlow, Ireland
  • 2004"Here and Now" Jack Turner & Elspeth Moncrieff, Berkeley Square Gallery, London UK- 56 pages. Designed by Peter B. Willberg.
  • 2003"Thinking Big: Concepts for 21st Century British Sculpture" Sculpture at Goodwood, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Design by Made Thought.
  • 2002Published by Sculpture at Goodwood in 2002.
  • 2002Art Tomorrow Edward Lucie-Smith. Published by Finest S.A. / Editions Pierre Terrail
  • 2002Bronze: Contemporary British Sculpture Nobert Lynton, Ann Elliot, & Louise Vaughan
  • 2002Published by The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Libraries and Arts Service.
  • 2002"Sean Henry: Sculpture and Drawings" Norbert Lynton & Barbara S. Krulik,
  • 1999"A pilgrimage" Ann Elliot, Davies & Tooth, London, UK. 26 pages