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b. 1972, United Kingdom

Thomas Houseago Biography

Thomas Houseago brings a vanguard approach to sculpture’s original subject, the human body. Utilising mediums associated with classical and modernist sculpture—such as carved wood, clay, plaster, and bronze—as well as less traditional materials like rebar and hemp, Houseago builds monumental figures rife with the traces of their making. Body parts rendered from flat portions of wood adjoin others sculpted in the round to create an interplay between two- and three-dimensional elements. His bulky-shouldered figures replace the grace of their serpentine contrapposto stance with awkward contortions of piecemeal appendages. Crouched and stilted on thick limbs, these reductive interpretations convey a striking sense of weight and anatomical structure. By tapping into the nuanced legibility of the human form, Houseago’s figures oscillate between states of power and of vulnerability.

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Houseago was born in 1972 in Leeds, England. He studied at Jacob Kramer College, Leeds, England from 1990 to 1991, received a BA in 1994 from Saint Martin’s School of Art, London, and studied at De Ateliers, Amsterdam, from 1994 to 1996. Recent exhibitions of Houseago’s work include Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (1996); Thomas Houseago, I Am Here, Selected Sculptures 1995–2003, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium (2003); A Million Miles Away, Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland (2007); There’s a Crack in Everything, That’s How the Light Gets In, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (2009); The Artist’s Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2010); What Went Down, Modern Art Oxford, England (2010, travelled to Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany; and Centre International d’Art et du Paysage de l’Ile de Vassivière, Beaumont-du-Lac, France, through 2011); Amy Bessone and Thomas Houseago, Rennie Museum, Vancouver, Canada (2010); The Beat of the Show, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, Scotland (2011); The World Belongs to You, Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2011); Where the Wild Things Are and Hermaphrodite, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, England (2012); Striding Figure/Standing Figure, Galleria Borghese, Rome (2013); As I Went Out One Morning, Storm King Art Center, Cornwall, New York (2013); Studies ’98–’14, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands (2014); and Masks (Pentagon), Rockefeller Center Plaza, New York (2015). His work was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. Houseago has collaborated with the New York Public Art Fund on two public sculptures: Statuesque (2010) and Masks (Pentagon) (2015).

Houseago lives and works in Los Angeles.

Text courtesy Gagosian.

Exhibition view: Thomas Houseago and Auguste Rodin, HOUSEAGO | RODIN, Gagosian, Davies Street, London (9 September–18 December 2021). Artwork © Thomas Houseago. Courtesy Gagosian. Photo: Lucy Dawkins.

Thomas Houseago Featured Artworks

Midnight Lady by Thomas Houseago contemporary artwork sculpture
Thomas HouseagoMidnight Lady, 2018-2021Wood

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Xavier Hufkens
Soma Care Painting I by Thomas Houseago contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Thomas HouseagoSoma Care Painting I, 2018Graphite and charcoal on canvas
121.9 x 91.4 x 5.7 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Malibu Owl by Thomas Houseago contemporary artwork sculpture
Thomas HouseagoMalibu Owl, 2020aluminium
170 x 59 x 59 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Oxford Mask by Thomas Houseago contemporary artwork sculpture
Thomas HouseagoOxford Mask, 2010Bronze
48.5 x 37 x 9 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Silver Figure by Thomas Houseago contemporary artwork sculpture
Thomas HouseagoSilver Figure, 2019Nickel silver
58.2 x 26 x 19 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Lying Figure (Mother Father) by Thomas Houseago contemporary artwork sculpture
Thomas HouseagoLying Figure (Mother Father), 2011Bronze
122 x 134 x 457 cm
The Modern Institute Contact Gallery

Thomas Houseago Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Thomas Houseago Represented By

Gagosian contemporary art gallery in 980 Madison Avenue, New York, USA Gagosian Athens, Basel, Beverly Hills, Geneva, Hong Kong, Le Bourget, London, New York, Paris, Rome, San Francisco
Xavier Hufkens contemporary art gallery in St-Georges, Brussels, Belgium Xavier Hufkens Brussels

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