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Sean Henry Creates New Sculpture Trail

Sean Henry creates new sculpture trail in Woking which leads to The Lightbox gallery and museum.

This summer The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking will celebrate its 10th anniversary and to mark the occasion the major summer exhibition will be a display of works by the internationally recognised sculptor, Sean Henry, who was born in Woking. ‘Face to Face: The Figurative Sculpture of Sean Henry’ (12 August – 5 November 2017) will showcase highlights of the striking artworks made over the last fifteen years which will be exhibited both at the gallery and, for the first time in the history of The Lightbox, in prominent outdoor locations across the town centre.

‘Face to Face’


Sean Henry’s sculptures are figurative and highly realistic. His figures, often anonymous men and women, have a strong physicality which invites the viewer to draw their own interpretations when they come ‘face to face’ with the artworks. Henry uses aspects of size, scale and colour to surprise the viewer and create a sense of theatricality which imbues the figures with a powerful presence.

In the Main Gallery, over 20 sculptures will be complimented by a selection of new drawings, which have never before been on public show. The works in this exhibition have been curated to reflect four pivotal themes of Henry’s work: ‘The human form’ reflects Henry’s desire to make his sculptures anonymous yet familiar through their life-like poses, stances and postures. ‘Size and scale’ demonstrates how the artist can significantly affect our perception of the figure by making his artworks either smaller or bigger than life size. ‘Monochrome and polychrome’ highlights how the deliberate addition or omission of colour to figurative works has the power to change how we respond to an artwork. ‘Working methods’ reflects Henry’s multi-disciplinary background and the variety of processes involved in creating his sculptures.

In addition to the Main Gallery show, there will also be five outdoor works by Sean Henry positioned throughout the town centre in a trail that will guide the viewer to The Lightbox. The powerful figure of ‘The Wanderer’ (2013) will greet visitors as they leave Woking station and walk towards the town centre. At the corner of Jubilee Square, the contemplative ‘Standing Man’ (2009) will mix with pedestrians, who may be struck by his hyper-real appearance, and inside the entrance to the busy Peacocks shopping centre, the larger-than life ‘Woman (Being Looked At)’ (2006), will bring a strong female presence to the show. In the centre of Jubilee Square people will find an arresting sculpture of a rusting steel tapering platform (‘Catafalque’, 2003), atop which lies a larger-than-life resting male figure, which bears a likeness to the artist. The fifth and final sculpture will be the large-scale ‘Seated Man’ (2011), which will be found at a secret location to be revealed when the trail is installed in early August.

‘Face to Face: The Figurative Sculpture of Sean Henry’ will be on show at The Lightbox, from the 12 August – 5 November 2017. For further information please visit thelightbox.org.uk.

Image: Sean Henry (b. 1965), 'Seated Figure' 2015, Bronze and oil paint and 'Seated Figure' 2015, Bronze and exterior paint © The Artist

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