Henry Coombes


Henry Coombes is an artist film maker, whose complex works explore hierarchy and power in the family and in wider society. He is particularly interested in the experience of the artist, and how he must deal with the machinations of the art world. His work includes painting, collage, drawing and sculpture, but he is best known for his short films - character portraits for which he creates intricate sets that allow him to explore historical themes.

A fluid surreality flows through all Henry’s work, as it slips between the naturalistic and the very strange. The artist’s dark wit can be caustic and self-deprecating, especially in his short films sketches: vignettes that communicate subversive alternatives to the mundane and everyday.

Henry studied at the London International Film School and Central Saint Martins before completing his BA at The Glasgow School of Art in 2002. He represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, and was nominated for the Jarman Film Award in 2014. Solo exhibitions include a presentation at the Sydney Biennale; CCA, Glasgow; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Suzie Q Project Space, Zurich. He lives and works in Glasgow.