Henry Coombes

Henry Coombes (b. 1977) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

Henry Coombes graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art in 2002. His films have been described as ‘moving painting’, where the content employs a visual language, discussing historical and mythological narratives surrounding the idea of hierarchy within art, family and wider society.

Solo shows include: Magic Towards Your Face, Galerie Jette Rudolph, Berlin, Germany (2010); Solo Presentation, Kunsthal Kade, Amersfort, Germany (2009); Henry Coombes, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA (2008).

Films include: I am The Architect The 19th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (2014). The film was selected for Chanjiang Photography and Video Biennale 2015, where it received Silver Award and Audience Award. The Bedfords, Generation, 25 years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland (2014); Menagerie, Australian Centre of Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Australia (2014); Coombes’s work has also been included in Glasgow International 2012; Running Time, Artists Film In Scotland; 1960 to Now, Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland (2009); A Tradition I Do Not Mean To Break, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2009). Coombes was one of six artists chosen to represent Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007).

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