Manalys | Sean Henry, presented by LKFF Art Projects
Manalys – Boulevard de Waterloo 11, 1000 Brussels
The Maison Manalys presents, in collaboration with LKFF Art Projects, a solo exhibition of English sculptor Sean Henry, recognised internationally for his impressive figures in polychromes bronze.
The exhibition will also be an opportunity to discover, in preview, the most recent creations in Fine Jewellery by the Maison Manalys.
Sean Henry brings us his very own vision of “the Millenials”, “Generation X” or even “The Baby Boomers”. To each generation its codes, its existential crisis’s, its culpabilities and aspirations… Firmly anchored in today’s world, Sean Henry’s figures are each the representation of an ambiguous reality. At times they reflect an exciting or maybe pre- occupying inner life; at other times they seem calm and reflective… Each figures comes over more or less familiar, which makes us want to invent their story, fill the gaps in their life in order to answer all the questions that are left open to interpretation.
Sean Henry’s human figures are evidently mundain but seem to gain their nobility by the choice of medium, bronze, usually reserved to more prestigious subjects. But then again, the bronze is hidden by the layer of oil paint. Each surface gives the sculpture an indication of the mood of the artist when he was painting. Smooth, then rough, often a bit rugged… If in one series, the bronzes are identical, each version is unique after being painted. The artist prefers to bronze to the silicon and resin used by the likes of Ron Mueck or Duane Hanson, considering that Time doesn’t affect it as hard. At first glance, his human figures seem highly realistic, but they are not. Often, their facial features are sub- tly distorted. They have no zips, buttons or shoelaces, no fingernails or pimples, no highly individual details, for details parasite our attention. We stop observing the whole to focus our attention on the technical details.
The figures vary in scale but are never life size either. Being smaller or larger than us helps Sean Henry transmit his message and convey strength, fragility or power. Sean Henry’s art is not about representing what he sees, but rather sharing an emotion or a thought about the world our generations live in today.