Henry Piper
Henry Piper

Having grown up surrounded by art and artists, looking back, it seems only natural that he should have become interested in the construction and expression of his ideas and feelings through sculpture. From 1988 to 1991 he studied Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences at Sussex university where these ideas developed and in 1994, after living ‘on the road’ in an old fire engine converted into a motor home/workshop, he returned to Frome where he now lives and works. Based partly on environmental ideals, but also on a fascination with curios, he uses mainly found or discarded objects including parts of broken machinery and equipment, watches and toys, reclaimed building stone, empty oil cans, copper wire stripped from electrical cable; anything that inspires him to create. A huge variety of beguiling forms emerge including faces, dancers, heads, strange creatures, mobiles, and abstract assemblages. Each has its own character that is enhanced by the former life of the materials that make it up. His sculptures range from small to large scale, from steel constructions to stone carving, from indoor to out and from gallery to commission, suiting work to people and to places.