Catafalque (Lying Man)

2004
Bronze, Painted bronze
93 x 130 x 273 cm
Edition of 4

Henry’s larger than life sculptures are captured in static moments, trapped in their stance and subject to the artist’s depictions of human emotion and experience. The attentiveness the artist has shown to the modelling and subtle colouring gives Catafalque an unavoidable strength of character and intensity. Henry’s work has a dramatic painterly quality and in Catafalque, the man’s skin resembles the texture of thick and fleshy brushstrokes. A catafalque is a platform upon which to raise a coffin during a funeral service. In Catafalque, by distorting realism with a larger than human scale, Henry subtly counteracts the connotations of death, instead creating a sense of the figure’s own mortality, of peace and of reflection—aided by the expression on the figure’s face which Henry has rendered as pensive, dream–like, almost stoic.

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About The Artist

Sean Henry's sculptures deal with 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. Henry plays with scale and perception, almost always avoiding life–sized representation. He explores the narrative capabilities of sculpture through a variety of means: 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, and preoccupied by their inner imaginings and on occasion verge on melancholic representations of our human existence.

Henry's public works include Walking Man in London's Holland Park (2000), Man With Potential Selves in the centre of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (2003) and a nine-figure permanent installation at the headquarters of Standard Chartered Bank in the city of London (2008). In 2007 Henry completed Couple - the UK's first permanent offshore sculpture, a critically acclaimed 13m high and 20m wide painted bronze and steel sculpture located 300 meters off the coast of Northumberland, at Newbiggin Bay. More recent installations include Standing Man in Stockholm city (2010) and Lying Man at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Michigan, USA (2011).

Sean Henry

Born: 1965

Other Artworks by Sean Henry at CASS

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Folly (The Other Self)

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Man with Potential Selves

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