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Thomas Houseago

 (born 1972)
Thomas Houseago is active/lives in California / England.  Thomas Houseago is known for fragmented mixed-media figurative sculpture.

Thomas Houseago

Biography from Whitney Museum of American Art

Thomas Houseago’s figurative sculptures appear physically imposing and powerful in their size and positioning yet fragmented and vulnerable in their construction. To build these works, Houseago begins with a structure of iron rods and then adds a variety of traditional sculptural materials such as plaster, hemp, and wood. Some of his works incorporate graphite or charcoal sketches of faces and anatomy on plaster and wood panels.

Monstrous yet unthreatening, this work— a part-human, part-animal being—is in a transitional pose between walking and crawling, weighted on the flat expanses of its plaster hands and feet. Houseago’s combination of sculpting and drawing challenges conventional aesthetic boundaries between three-dimensionality and flatness, monumentality and spontaneity. For the artist, Baby represents a hopeful “beginning,” one that nods affectionately to the riddle about the lifecycle of humans that the Sphinx posed to Oedipus: “What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening?”

Biography from Saatchi Gallery
Thomas Houseago, born 1972 in Leeds, Great Britain, is a contemporary visual artist. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Thomas Houseago (pronounced HOWZ-a-go) was raised by his mother, a teacher; his father was institutionalized for schizophrenia when Thomas was age six. In 1989 Thomas got a government grant to attend Jacob Kramer College, now the Leeds College of Art, for one year.

Houseago left Leeds for London in 1991, at age 19, enrolling at Central Saint Martins and later studying at the Ateliers in Amsterdam. The South African artist Marlene Dumas was one of Houseago’s tutors during his time at the De Ateliers; other visiting artists such as Thomas Schütte and Luc Tuymans – both of whom make figurative sculpture or painting – were a huge influence on him. In Amsterdam, Houseago met artist Matthew Monahan and his future wife, painter Amy Bessone. After completing his studies, Thomas lived and worked for several years in Brussels before moving to Los Angeles in 2003.

Houseago is a figurative sculptor who uses lo-fi materials such as plaster and plywood. His work references genres such as Cubism and Futurism and plays on the history and tradition of statues.

He maintains a 20,000-square-foot studio in Frogtown, Los Angeles near the Los Angeles River, close to the studios of fellow artists Shepard Fairey and Mark Grotjahn.


David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Solo presentation, Art Brussels, with gallery Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium

Thomas Houseago, I Am Here, Selected Sculptures 1995-2003, S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium

Xavier Hufkens, (w/Amy Bessone), Brussels, Belgium

Something to Be, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mum's tattoo, Si en La, (w/Matthew Monahan, guest curator: Luc Tuymans), Antwerp, Belgium


Red Eye: Los Angeles Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL.
Making and Finding, The Foundation To-Life, Mount Kisco, NY.
Transformers, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV.
The Glass Bead Game, Vilma Gold Project Space, Berlin, Germany

Both Ends Burning, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Six Outdoor Projects, L.I.U., Brooklyn, New York, NY.

Passie in Beeld, ruimtelijk werk uit de collectie van de Nederlandsche Bank, Maliebeeld, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Group show/artists of the gallery, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Stedelijk Museum in De Nieuwe Kerk, Beelden/Sculpture 1947-2002,curated by Rudi Fuchs, Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Rondom Jheronimous Bosch, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Glad IJs, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Werk boven de bank, Archipel, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

Morning Glory, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Summer Show, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
Acquisitions 1997, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

New Acquisitions, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

"Thomas Houseago," Wikipedia, April 2016
"Thomas Houseago," Solo and Group Exhibitions, Saatchi Gallery

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About  Thomas Houseago

Born:  1972 - Leeds, England
Known for:  fragmented mixed-media figurative sculpture