Sean Henry's figures stand on a stage but the stage is invisible and the figure seem momentarily frozen. They form a part of their environment because they are from it, the everyman, real and yet fabricated.
Through these individually painted bronzes, which the artist hand-paints using oil paint directly onto the bronze surface – what emerges is an unnerving sense of experience echoing the spectaters sympathies with both the figure and the human condition. There is an aching empathy inherent in his single portrayals and group compositions where each sculpture is like a three-dimensional painting infused with character and life.
Forcing the spectator into a contemplative dialogue which reflects on the nature of our own humanity.
Henry has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe. Over the years he has shown at the Royal Festival Hall, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Society of Sculptors, London, Glasgow Art Fair, Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney, Australia, and Art Miami (with Berkeley Square Gallery, Florida), United States.
Henry's work is in many international collections including Sculpture at Goodwood, England; City Centre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne; Frisia Museum, Spanbroek, Netherlands; University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville; Paddington Central, London; Le Meridien Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch, London; Golden Square, Soho, London.
CONFLUX - a gathering of over twenty painted & anonymous figurative sculptures by Sean Henry will be shown in and around the Salisbury Cathedral on existing plinths and in other carefully chosen locations both inside and outside the building.
The exhibition opens on July 23rd and runs until October 31st 2011.
A new publication with installation photographs from Salisbury is available priced £20 +p&p
Click play below to see Channel 4 News item on Conflux: