Henry became interested in sculpting during this schooling and decided at the age of 11 to become a sculptor. one of his teachers was instrumental in granting him a scholarship so he could study it but his parents were not supportive, so he became a teacher.
Henry Moore served in the First World War and was given an ex-serviceman's grant to study. He became the first student of sculpture at the Leeds School of Art and eventually won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London where he met and married Irina Radetsky.
His early works were romantic and natural in nature, influenced by Central American pre-Columbian art and by Michelangelo. He used mostly stone and wood until the late 1930's. His work progressed to abstract renditions, usually of the human body and often of family groupings, including mother and child. Although he was a surrealist in a sense, his work became more formal in the second half of his sculpting career.
As an artist, Henry's creativity wasn't limited to sculpting. He is also known for his sketches, mostly of people hiding out in the London underground during the Second World War bombings of England.
Henry Moore died in 1986 in Much Hadham, England. The Henry Moore Foundation holds many of his works.