Bryanston School, Dorset. Magdalene College, Cambridge University, Bournemouth College of Art, Brighton College of Art: Fine Art (painting and sculpture) BA (hons) 1969,
David Hensel’s output covers many media, including sculpture in wood, stone and bronze, drawings and the jewellery for which he has been known internationally for over 30 years, in which he combines precious materials with a wide range of others, often carving semi-precious stones, wood or ivory to incorporate in pieces that then exist both as wearable jewels and pieces of personal sculpture. He employs a distinctive representational element in jewellery design, imagery of natural forms realised in natural materials.
His unique approach and inventiveness in jewellery design has been of considerable influence, and he has an international reputation as one of England’s leading Artist-Jewellers, well represented in and major public and private collections.
Recent work, drawing in colour and sculpture, occasionally with a satirical aspect, is largely figurative. He is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
Exhibitions and Events include: Solo exhibitions: London, Electrum Gallery 1977 Munich, Galerie Rutzmoser 1978,1981, 1992 The Arts Council (South East Arts) – Hove Museum and Art Gallery, 1996 Group shows, London: Goldsmiths’ Hall, V&A Museum, Crafts Council, Electrum, Bentley &Skinner (Bond St), Charles de Temple, Royal Festival Hall UK: London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Touring shows. International: Los Angeles, New York, Stockholm, Paris, Mainz, Munich, Darmstadt Several TV appearances. 2003, 2006, 2007 sculpture selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London 2006, 2007 worked for Bentley& Skinner on Damien Hirst’s diamond skull ‘For the Love of God’ Since 1997, he has participated in international sculpture symposia in: Belgium, France, Greece, Italy and Poland
In addition to private collections the world over, his work is in the collections of:
HM The Queen The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh The Arts Council of England, South East Arts. The Koch Rings collection, Switzerland The Victoria & Albert Museum