Walking onto the beautiful green which surrounds Salisbury Cathedral, I noticed a little girl kissing the hand of one of Sean Henry’s sculptures entitled Walking Woman. The child was clearly enthralled, and somewhat mesmerised.
‘Are you real?’ You can hear her whisper!
Obviously not, but these bronze sculptures are extraordinarily lifelike.
Sean Henry, who lives and works in London was born in 1965, studied at Bristol Polytechnic from 1984 until 1987 and in 1991 at the University of California. He almost always avoids life sized representations and his figurative sculptures are self contained. These pensive, sometimes melancholic sculptures are hand painted using oil paints directly onto the bronze surface.
Sean Henry has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe including The Royal Festival Hall, The Victoria and Albert Museum and The Society of Sculptors and it has been a joy to view these figurative sculptures in Salisbury.
Conflux – is a gathering of over twenty painted and anonymous figurative sculptures by Sean Henry which are currently on show in and around Salisbury Cathedral.
It is the largest exhibition of polychrome sculptures at Salisbury Cathedral since the Reformation.
Tours are available led by specialist guides giving an insight into Sean Henry’s work. Further nformation 01722 555180.
The exhibition opened on July 23rd 2011 and runs until October 31st 2011.
Opening times Mon-Sat 9-5 and Sun 12-4 (Admission free).