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Art @ Paddington Central | New exhibition by Paddington Central’s Sean Henry

23.08.2017

An exhibition by Paddington Central’s Sean Henry is now on at The Lightbox Gallery, in his home town of Woking to 5 November.  The presentation, Face to Face, also features an outdoor sculpture trail throughout the town and includes iconic sculptures and drawings by Henry created over the past 15 years.  Can’t make it to Woking? Watch the sculpture trail unfold from your desk here.

Face to Face: The Figurative Sculpture of Sean Henry © The Lightbox gallery and museum

Here on campus, Two Figures (Meeting Place) by Sean Henry is located canal-side, the perfect spot for a lunchtime or after work catch up.  Readily capturing the attention of those passing by, the two figures are set apart by several metres, suggesting an ensuing encounter and a conversation which is about to take place.   Their bronze surfaces are painted in oil to convey natural and living figures, a combined technique which revives the tradition of multi-colour sculpture, prevalent within ancient sculpture through to the Renaissance in Europe.   Sean Henry visited Paddington Central last year, read more about the influences behind his work in his Q&A with our art curator, Rosie Glenn.

Sean Henry Two Figures (Meeting Place) at Paddington Central | Image courtesy the artist | Photograph © David Barret

Sean Henry studied in Farnham and Bristol during the 1980s before undertaking a role as Visiting Artist at the University of California; he was awarded the prestigious Villiers David Prize in 1998.  Recent public projects in the UK include Seated Figure at Castleton-Rigg on the North Yorkshire Moors (2017) plus a display for Salisbury Cathedral and an off coast installation in Northumberland.  His sculptures can be found in numerous private and public collections including London’s National Portrait Gallery.

Sean Henry’s Two Figures (Meeting Place) forms part of In Paddington’s Public Art Trail.  Featuring mosaic and light works alongside bronze and marble sculptures there’s plenty of free art to discover in and around Paddington! Download the App here.

You can also see Sean Henry's work in London via Osborne Samuel Gallery. Find out more here.

We’d love to hear about your art finds in and around Paddington, why not tweet us @Paddingtoncen