Internationally recognised sculptor Sean Henry returns to Woking, the place of his birth, with a show of artwork made over the last 15 years which will be exhibited both at the gallery and in outdoor locations across the centre of town.
Henry’s work is highly realistic and essentially modern in its choice of subject matter, colour and materials. His figures – often anonymous men and women - have an emphatic physicality which allows room for the viewer to draw their own interpretations, while deliberate changes to scale and colour imbue his figures with a powerful interiority and ‘presence’.
In the Main Gallery, over 20 sculptures are complemented by a selection of new drawings, which have never before been on public show. Five outdoor works by Sean Henry are also positioned throughout the town centre in a trail that will guide the viewer to The Lightbox. The powerful figure of ‘The Wanderer’ (2013) greets visitors as they leave Woking station. In Jubilee Square, the contemplative ‘Standing Man’ (2009) mixes with pedestrians, along with the large rusting steel platform (‘Catafalque’, 2003), atop which lies a resting male figure bearing a likeness to the artist. Inside the entrance to Peacocks shopping centre, the larger-than life ‘Woman (Being Looked At)’ (2006) mingles with shoppers. And inside Woking Station, ‘Seated Man’ (2011) can be found sitting on Platform 1.
12 August 2017 – 5 November 2017
£4.50 Day Pass or £7.50 Annual Pass | Under 18s Free
Watch a live feed of Catafalque (2003) in Jubilee Square:
Tour of Face to Face: The Figurative Sculpture of Sean Henry
Wednesday 13 September 2017, 12.30pm | Day or Annual Pass, under 18s Free
Audio-described tour of Face to Face: The Figurative Sculpture of Sean Henry
Thursday 14 September 2017, 10.30am - 12.30pm | Day or Annual Pass, under 18s Free
Sean Henry in Conversation with Peter Osborne
Tuesday 26 September 2017, 1.00pm | £6 Adults, £4 Friends
Image: Sean Henry 'Seated Figure' 2015 Bronze and oil paint and 'Standing Man' 2016 Bronze and exterior paint (c) The Artist