A look at Annie Henry's paintings, sculptures and creative clay work.
Annie Henry creates sculptures that come from her imagination. Although loosely based on the human figure they display a rare combination of lyricism and fine craftsmanship. Her
background as a musician becomes clear when you see the passion, fluidity and gentle beauty contained in each of her handcrafted figures.
Annie came to Cornwall in 2002 to set up her studio in Perranuthnoe when she took part in the St Ives International Ceramica Festival.
Annie uses clay to express how she feels about music and dance. Some of her figures remain as fired ceramic which she glazes, others are translated
into bronze. Each has a different qualilty, the ceramics allow Annie to make more abstract pieces taking risks with forms that extend further than just the representational figure. In her bronzes dancing, running and swimming figures emerge from waves of movement which could also be material and have an intriguing ambiguity.
In recent years Annie has received many commissions for angels and saints:
A 3 foot bronze sculpture, ‘Grace’ is situated in the Garden Hall of St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon.
'St Hilary' in the beautiful church of St Hilary, Cornwall.
'St Piran' in St Piran & St Michael’s church, Perranuthnoe, Cornwall, as well as a Madonna.
Annie is always happy to discuss any possible commissions.
Painting from the heart, experimenting with textures, abstract forms appear in Annie's painting, and of course labyrinths feature too, along with figures dancing, moving and walking. Spending time at the Newlyn School of Art has inspired new paintings and collages based on the abstract figure.
As a meditation, Annie stitches finger labyrinths of her designs which can be found in her online shop.
If you would like to receive an invitation to Annie's next exhibition, please send an email to