Freak Shorebird with Oyster Shell- Stephen Henderson
30cm x 22cm x 12cm
Stephen Henderson is a sculptor. He is the son of renowned photographer and pop- artist Nigel Henderson and his mother Judith was raised in and around the infamous Bloomsbury Group, as a niece of Virginia Woolf. The family moved to the East Essex coast in the 1950s and Henderson spent his childhood shooting and fishing on the marshes, where he developed a keen eye for the movements and habits of wildfowl and fish. Today, his workshop and studio looks out across those very same marshes, providing a constant source of inspiration.
Henderson studied boat-building in the 1970s. He has since developed his own painting techniques over time, combining washes of emulsion paints with stained and clear waxes. Together with delicate highlights of silver leaf, these help to create a subtle approximation of scales and feathers. In recent years he has progressed on to larger works, incorporating welded metal armatures and assorted salvaged metal from reclaimed hot water tanks and corrugated iron. Another recent development has been the introduction of fret-cut iron profiles, together with bleached driftwood. This results in a more natural weathered look, suitable for display both in and outdoors. Henderson regularly exhibits at galleries throughout the UK. In 2009, he was in residence at Cill Rialaig Arts Project in Co. Kerry, Ireland. For the last two years he has been selected for inclusion in the Birds in Art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin USA.
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