Face to Face: The Figurative Sculpture of Sean Henry
12 August – 5 November 2017
A display of works created by the Woking-born sculptor during the last 15 years.
Born in Woking in 1965, Henry was the first sculptor to win the Villiers David Prize and has had more than 30 solo shows during his career.
Fusing the disciplines of ceramics with those of sculpture, he models his figurative pieces in clay before painting them or casting them in bronze.
Henry's figures – often anonymous men and women – are highly realistic yet, thanks to deliberate changes to scale and colour, are also unique. He describes the theme of his work as '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'.
His unusual and imaginative work can be seen in public spaces across the world. Mark Lawson described Henry's offshore sculpture Couple as 'confirming the current power of public art'.
The exhibition brings together highlights from Henry's career to be shown at both the gallery and in outdoor locations across the centre of Woking town.