Sean Henry is a British sculptor, based in Hampshire, England. His work includes private and public installations in many locations across Europe and the USA. Henry’s painted figures have helped to revive the long tradition of polychrome sculpture. Fusing the disciplines of ceramics with those of sculpture to create a fresh, innovative approach to representing the human figure. His nearly (but never quite) life-size sculptures of human beings are expressive but expressionless, unique yet general. They engage in activities no more strenuous or distinctive than walking or sleeping. Each piece takes on a personality of its own. Henry emphasizes the reality of human emotion. He also clothes his figures in such a way that identifies their social class, drawing viewers into an awareness of their perception of who they are looking at.
Henry was the first sculptor to win the Villiers David Prize in 1998, and has had more than 30 solo shows during his career. His work is regularly exhibited by galleries in London, New York, Stockholm and Brussels. His sculptures can now be found in public collections in the UK, Sweden, Norway, Germany, USA and elsewhere.