A SCULPTOR who set up his studio in the district just last year is set to unveil a new exhibition.

George Henry Davis is a sculptor from London who relocated last year to set up his studio in Burnham-on-Crouch.

Soon after he moved the artist took up sailing and was drawn to the cardinal buoys which helped guide him whilst out on his boat.

This year, Henry started work creating four large sculptures using everyday domestic DIY materials held together with glue, nails and screws – a feature of all his sculptures.

The artist was inspired by the markers and pointers the cardinals represented and the work references how "signposts" have influenced and impacted his own turbulent life.

He is set to unveil his work at an exhibition in Burnham Museum on February 4 - Dead Reckoning.

It is named after a navigation term used to calculate one’s position at sea by estimating direction, distance and speed which can result in cumulative errors, the greater the distance travelled.

Through his art, Henry explores the question: if wind and tide can push a vessel off a perfectly plotted course - a dead reckoning – isn’t life rather the same?

In his experience he says "true certainty and clarity only comes with benefit hindsight".

Describing his new work, Henry said: "By throwing together two extremes in my work: the domestic, safety, certainty and the private, with the cataclysmic, danger, unknown and the public, I am representing the fragility and temporality of seemingly permanent, stable structures.

"The emotional impact of the pandemic and feelings of isolation and anxiety is central to my recent work.

"Loaded with barely restrained explosive energy, my sculptures are intended to be precarious yet powerful, conveying feelings of suspense and fear of imminent collapse and uncertainty.”

Dead Reckoning is the first in a series of exhibitions the artist plans to hold during 2022 at the Burnham Museum.