Sean HENRY

T

he 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.

Works

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Biography

  • 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.
  • 2015Sean Henry was most recently celebrated at the National Portrait Gallery in London where his commissioned portrait of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web was first presented to the public.

Exhibitions

  • 2022Head to head, GBS Fine Art, Wells, United Kingdom
  • 2022Forever in the Now, sculpture at Victoria Place, Woking, United Kingdom
  • 2021Shapes and Shadows, Galleri Andersson, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2021Waiting for the Sun, Gallery Samuel Osbourne, London, United Kingdom
  • 2017“Viva Scultura viva!”
  • 2017“Face to face : the figurative sculpture of Sean Henry”, The Lightbox gallery & Museum in Woking, Surrey, UK
  • 2016“The examined life”, solo exhibition, Scheffel Gallery, Bad Homburg, Germany
  • 2016“Colour Field”, solo exhibition, Samuel Osbourne Gallery, London, UK
  • 2016“Here & Now”, Solo show at LKFF, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2016“140/15 Anniversary exhibition”, Gallery Andersson Sandstrom : Umea, Sweden
  • 2016“Im kleinen format”, galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg
  • 2016“Sean Henry: Time being”, Osborne Samuel Gallery, London
  • 2016“Human : deformation, transformation”, Messums, Wiltshire
  • 2015Group Show at Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany, Germany
  • 2015Group Show “Im Kleinen format”, Bad Homburg, Germany, Germany
  • 2015Solo show in conjuction with Blickachsen 10 : Hessenpark Museum, Neu Anspach, Germany
  • 2014Sean Henry, Gallerie Andersson Sandstrom, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2014Sleepers, LKFF Sculpture Projects, Brussels, Belgium (Solo)
  • 2013Sean Henry Sculpture Glyndebourne Opera House (solo), Sussex, UK, United Kingdom
  • 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, United Kingdom
  • 2012Five Decades of Art & Artists Forum Gallery, New York, USA, United States
  • 2012Interesting Times Harold Martin Botanic Garden, Leicester, UK, United Kingdom
  • 2011CONFLUX: A Union of the Sacred and the Anonymous (solo), Salisbury Cathedral, UK, United Kingdom
  • 2011After Work Galleri Andersson Sandstrom, Umea, Sweden, Sweden
  • 2011Vantage Point Forum Gallery, New York, USA, United States
  • 2011Modern and Contemporary Art Osborne Samuel, London, UK, United Kingdom
  • 2010Sean Henry Sculpture, Gallerie Andersson Sandstrom (solo), Stockholm, Sweden, Sweden
  • 2010Sean Henry Sculpture (solo), Forum Gallery, NY, USA, United States
  • 2010Liminality: Toward the Unknown Region, Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire, UK, United Kingdom
  • 2010Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex, Uk, United Kingdom
  • 2010Éigse 30 year Visual Arts Retrospective, Carlow, Ireland, Ireland
  • 2010Summer Selection, Rarity Gallery, Myconos, Greece, Greece
  • 2010British Sculpture, Osborne Samuel, London, UK, United Kingdom
  • 2009Sean Henry Sculpture, Royal British Society of Sculptors (solo), London, UK, United Kingdom
  • 2009Heads & Figures, Munich, Germany, Germany
  • 2009Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2009Art Miami, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2009Tefaf, Maastricht, Netherlands, Netherlands
  • 2008New Sculpture & Drawing, Osborne Samuel (solo), London, UK, United Kingdom
  • 2008Borås International Sculpture Festival, Borås, Sweden, Sweden
  • 2008Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2007Presence, Gallerie Andersson Sandstrom (solo), Umea, Sweden, Sweden
  • 2007Presence, Galerie von Braunbehrens (solo), Munich, Germany, Germany
  • 2007Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2007Art Miami, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2007Tefaf, Maastricht, Netherlands, Netherlands
  • 2006You’re Not the Same, Forum Gallery (solo), New York and Los Angeles, USA, United States
  • 2006Sean Henry: Sculpture, Cartwright Hall (solo), Bradford, UK, United Kingdom
  • 2006British Sculpture Osborne Samuel, London, UK, United Kingdom
  • 2006Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2006Art Miami, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2006Tefaf , Maastricht, Netherlands, Netherlands
  • 2006Umedalen Skulptur 2006, Sweden
  • 2005Sculpture & Drawings, Kunsthandel Frans Jacobs (solo), Amsterdam, Netherlands, Netherlands
  • 2005Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2005Art Miami, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2005Figurative Impluse Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, United States
  • 2005Important New Works Forum Gallery, New York, USA, United States
  • 2005Eigse Carlow Arts Festival Carlow, Ireland
  • 2005Art Cologne Fair, Germany
  • 2005Pan Amsterdam Fair, Netherlands
  • 2005Tefaf Maastricht , Netherlands
  • 2004Here and Now, Berkeley Square Gallery (solo), London, UK, United Kingdom
  • 2004Sculpture in the Workplace, Canary Wharf (solo), London, UK, United Kingdom
  • 2004Sculpture at Goodwood, United Kingdom
  • 2004Art Miami, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2004Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2004Pan Amsterdam Fair, Netherlands
  • 2003Art Miami, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2003Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2003“Thinking Big” Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, USA, Italy
  • 2002Sculpture & Drawings, Forum Gallery (solo), New York and Los Angeles, USA, United States
  • 2002“About Face”, Croydon Clocktower Museum, London, UK, United Kingdom
  • 2002Art Miami, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2002Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2002Art Chicago, United States
  • 2002“Thinking Big” Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, USA, Italy
  • 2001Sculpture & Drawings, Berkeley Square Gallery (solo), London, UK, United Kingdom
  • 2001Art Miami, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2001Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2001Art 2001, London, UK, United Kingdom
  • 2001Art Chicago, Chicago, USA, United States
  • 2001Salon de Mars, Geneva, Switzerland, Switzerland
  • 2000Classicismi Metropolitan, Rome, Italy, Italy
  • 2000Art Miami Florida, United States
  • 2000Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, Florida, USA, United States
  • 2000Art 2000, London, UK, United Kingdom
  • 2000Art Chicago, Chicago, USA, United States
  • 1999A Pilgrimage, Davies & Tooth (Villiers David Prize Exhibition), London, UK, United Kingdom
  • 1998The Centre of the Universe Circolo Degli Artisti (solo), Faenza, Italy, Italy
  • 1997Up Against it Air Gallery (solo), London, UK, United Kingdom
  • 1995New Sculpture and Drawings John Natsoulas Gallery (solo), Davis California, USA, United States
  • 1994The Flip-side of Dominic Hyde Holdsworth Gallery (solo), Sydney, Australia, Australia
  • 1991Seven Heads John Natsoulas Gallery (solo), Davis California, USA, United States
  • 1988Inner Visions Michaelson & Orient Gallery (solo), London, UK, United Kingdom

Collections

  • 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
  • National Portrait Gallery

Press

Sean Henry • Catalogue LKFF March 2024

Exhibition catalogue of available works during the exhibition “The Silence of Thought”, March 2024.

T’es de Sortie?

Interview of Mijntje Lukoff by Jessica Matthys on BX1
Expo “Thinking about Things” by Markus HOFER

Digital catalogue “Here and Now”

Digital catalogue of Sean Henry sculptures, by LKFF Art & Sculpture Projects

“Tim Berners-Lee sculpture unveiled at National Portrait Gallery”

by Louise Jury, The Standard

“National Portrait Gallery unveils sculpture of Tim Berners-Lee”

by Mark Brown, The Guardian

“Le Città fantasma di Vitali”

By Gianluigi Colin, La Lettura – Una copertina, un artista, Corriere della Serra

“Velasco Vitali nelle città fantasma”

“Schizzi, studi e disegni ispirati ai centri perduti del pianeta”, by Chiara Vanzetto, Corriere della Serra

“Vitali, la ‘Foresta Rossa’ e le altre città fantasma”

By Roberto Borghi, Il Giornale

“Quelle città fantasma (ma visibilissime) di un pittore magico”

By Andrea Dusio, Il Giornale

Interview

Pascal Goffaux, Chronique arts plastiques, RTBF

“Jag ar intresserad av ogonblicken mellan handelser, pauserna”

by Birgitta Rubin, Dagens Nyheter


Bibliography

  • 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


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