Walking Man

2010
Painted bronze, Bronze
193 x 61 x 71 cm
Edition of 4

In Henry's distinctive style, Walking Man shows a painterly application of colour and liberal evidence of the modelling process. The figure remains emotionally controlled, daydream-like, and serene. The effect of making this sculpture slightly larger than life distances the figure from the spectator, making this otherwise unremarkable object - remarkable. By shrouding Walking Man in plain dress, Henry prompts us to view his ostensibly realist figure not as representative of a physical reality, but as a vehicle for questioning our existence; by asking the spectator to search for something more.

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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

2011

Folly (The Other Self)

Traditionally a folly is a decorative building or structure with no discernible use or explicit raison d'être. Its place…

2000

Man with Potential Selves

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