Sean Henry depicts anonymous people, the unglamorous, controlled, thoughtful and serious. Henry’s sculptures are closing in on themselves, perhaps hiding something, and while their expressions often are ambiguous or difficult to interpret, they always have a tremendous psychological presence. And they are never quite like us – the proportions are shifted so that the characters are either too large or too small. The completely realistic depiction does not interest Henry – something must be changed in order to create tension.
Since the mid-90’s, the sculptures of Sean Henry have faced the outside world from their own perspectives – the small, slightly cocky, provocative ones, and the large, somewhat awkward and overgrown. Many of them are now permanently installed in streets, squares, as well as in private collections. In London’s Holland Park you will find the Walking Man from 1998, at Berkeley Square in the same city there isTrajan’s Shadow. Henry’s most ambitious project is located at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, in Northumberland, England. Here, a 12 meter tall sculpture called Couple, has been overlooking the sea from a platform island in the harbor since 2007.