Radley College have been fortunate enough to acquire an exceptional Sean Henry sculpture for display in Paton’s Quad outside ‘A’ Social until the end of the Summer Term. Henry is a world-renowned British artist, born in 1965. He is married with three children and lives in Wiltshire. He has exhibited work in London, Stockholm, New York, Munich, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Sydney.
Henry’s work frequently features specific characters as a starting point. He takes passers-by, friends, or people he meets on the street, such as a homeless man he met in London; he was then used in a number of pieces such as ‘Man On A Bed’ and ‘Seated Man’.
His prolific sculpture ‘Seated Man / The Indifferent Sky’ features ‘John’ striking a contemplative pose, although he still looks outwards towards the viewer. In this version Henry has positioned John on a Cor-ten steel bench. ‘The Way It Is’ by Ann Elliot describes it as ‘the end sloping and its form open and light. The entire composition is complete, a satisfying whole, and Henry draws us in through detail, the direct gaze, the loosely clasped hands, the feet firmly grounded. The choice of shoes and clothes fell correct. This is a person of the utmost dignity regardless of his plight.’
John already has many admirers, with both staff and boys going up to him to get a closer look and take in the infinite detail and life like gaze the piece has. Many thanks must go to Sean Henry himself for lending us this magnificent piece and the Art Department for managing to procure such a splendid piece of artwork.
To view Sean Henry's work please visit: www.seanhenry.com
Report by James Gosling, A Social 6.1