Born in Woking, England in 1965, Henry graduated in Ceramics from Bristol Polytechnic in 1987 and had his first solo exhibition in London in 1988.
He was the first sculptor to win the Villiers David Prize, in 1998, and has had more than 35 solo shows during his career. His work is regularly exhibited by galleries in London, New York, Stockholm, Bad Homburg, and Brussels, and his sculptures can now be found in public collections in the UK, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Greece, Turkey, the USA and elsewhere.
Henry’s public works include Walking Man in London’s Holland Park, Man With Potential Selves in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Walking Woman, editions of which can be found in London, Oslo, Bad Homburg, Woking and Colchester. He completed the UK’s first permanent offshore sculpture Couple in 2007, a critically acclaimed 13m high by 20m wide sculpture located 300 meters off the coast of Northumberland. More recent permanent installations include Standing Man in Stockholm, Lying Man at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Michigan, USA and Seated Figure a 3 metre high sculpture originally located in the North York Moors National Park (2017/18) and now on show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Career highlights include Conflux – a solo exhibition of 22 figures held in and around Salisbury Cathedral in 2011, which was seen by more than 100,000 people during its four month run. In 2015 Henry was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in London to create a painted bronze sculpture of Sir Tim Berners Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web. Two books on Sean Henry’s work have been published by Scala Publishers, both written by Tom Flynn, the London-based art historian. Henry has been represented by the Osborne Samuel Gallery in London since 1999.
The artist is married with three children and lives and works near Winchester, Hampshire, England.
Courtesy of Osboure Samuel Gallery
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