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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.

Thomas Houseago Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Thomas Houseago contemporary artwork
Thomas HouseagoUntitled, 2018Graphite, pastel, charcoal, oil and acrylic on canvas
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Lying Figure (Mother Father) by Thomas Houseago contemporary artwork
Thomas HouseagoLying Figure (Mother Father), 2011Bronze
121.9 x 124.5 x 457.2 cm
Xavier Hufkens Enquire about this work
Skull Head IV by Thomas Houseago contemporary artwork
Thomas HouseagoSkull Head IV, 2013Bronze
185.4 x 61 x 61 cm
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Untitled by Thomas Houseago contemporary artwork
Thomas HouseagoUntitled, 2019Aluminium
179.9 x 60 x 60 cm
Xavier Hufkens Enquire about this work
Lizard I by Thomas Houseago contemporary artwork
Thomas HouseagoLizard I, 2018Redwood
195.6 x 49.9 x 49.9 cm
Xavier Hufkens Enquire about this work
Untitled (LA Mask II) by Thomas Houseago contemporary artwork
Thomas HouseagoUntitled (LA Mask II), 2019Iron rebar
68.6 x 54.6 x 34.3 cm
Xavier Hufkens Enquire about this work
Lying Figure (Mother Father) by Thomas Houseago contemporary artwork
Thomas HouseagoLying Figure (Mother Father), 2011Bronze
122 x 134 x 457 cm
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Soma (Neon) by Thomas Houseago contemporary artwork
Thomas HouseagoSoma (Neon), 2018Graphite, pastel, charcoal, and acrylic on canvas
50.8 x 40.6 x 3.8 cm
Xavier Hufkens Enquire about this work

Thomas Houseago Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Blanc sur Blanc at Gagosian, Paris
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16 January–7 March 2020 Group Exhibition Blanc sur Blanc GagosianParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, An Exhibition For Notre-Dame at Gagosian, Paris
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11 June–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition An Exhibition For Notre-Dame GagosianParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Thomas Houseago, Constructions at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
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18 May–7 July 2018 Thomas Houseago Constructions Xavier Hufkens107 rue St-Georges, Brussels

Thomas Houseago Represented By

Gagosian contemporary art gallery in 980 Madison Avenue, New York, USA Gagosian New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Athens, Hong Kong
Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong, Zurich, London, New York, Los Angeles, Somerset, Gstaad, St. Moritz
Xavier Hufkens contemporary art gallery in 6 rue St-Georges, Brussels, Belgium Xavier Hufkens Brussels

Thomas Houseago In Ocula Magazine

Thomas Houseago at Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong Ocula Insight Thomas Houseago at Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong By Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva

Thomas Houseago (b.1972), who was born in Leeds, England, but now lives and works in Los Angeles, is an artist of great energy known for his large scale sculpture. His work is often figurative, conveying both force and frailty through varied materials: carved wood, clay, bronze, steel rods, concrete, and hessian. This year he started showing...

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Thomas Houseago In Related Press

WORK IN PROGRESS: THOMAS HOUSEAGO Related Press WORK IN PROGRESS: THOMAS HOUSEAGO 31 October 2019, Deborah McLeod: Gagosian Quarterly

Artists and art spaces and museums and galleries, we're all part of a complex phenomenon. You walk into an exhibition, you never really know what it's about. You walk in and go 'What is this?' It is an open-ended discussion. And of course there are artists who are doing real social activism–Mark Bradford, Theaster Gates –a lot of artists are...

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Inside the Healing L.A. Studio of Artist Thomas Houseago, Where Ghosts (and Brad Pitt) Roam Related Press Inside the Healing L.A. Studio of Artist Thomas Houseago, Where Ghosts (and Brad Pitt) Roam 31 January 2018, W Magazine

Thomas Houseago's drawing studio, in the Frogtown neighborhood of Los Angeles, is smartly outfitted with plywood bookshelves, comfortable couches, and a low table perennially laid out with a stainless steel carafe of hot water, a bamboo whisk, and an assortment of matcha tea bowls. It's a contemplative domestic scene set against an exhilarating...

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Creature Discomfort: Art in the Cycle of History Related Press Creature Discomfort: Art in the Cycle of History 2 March 2017, Hyperallergic

Creature, a thematic exhibition at The Broad, is one of those shows, like the recently opened Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work at the New Museum in New York, whose meanings and context have been jolted, scrambled, and reloaded by the resistible rise of Donald J. Trump. As it so happens, Creature opened on November 5th, the Saturday...

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