Xavier Hufkens

Thomas Houseago

Large Owl (For B), 2011
bronze, redwood (edition of 3 + 2 AP)
259,1 × 175,3 × 175,3 cm | 102 × 69 × 69 inches
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Thomas Houseago studied art at London’s Central St Martin’s college in the early 1990s before moving to Amsterdam to study at de Ateliers. He later moved to Brussels, where he lived and worked for several years, and had his first solo show with Xavier Hufkens in 2001. Houseago creates monumental, often figurative sculptures that have a striking ability to simultaneous convey states of power and vulnerability. Using materials associated with classical and modernist sculpture (such as carved wood, clay, plaster and bronze), as well as less traditional materials (steel rods, concrete and hessian), Houseago creates sculptures that emphatically reveal the process of making. Typical of his work is the combination of elements rendered in flat portions of wood with others sculpted in the round, together with hand-drawn components that are, in a technical tour-de-force, cast and printed onto the works. Whilst Houseago’s oeuvre can be seen as a continuation of a historical sculptural tradition, the unusual combinations of materials, the inclusion of references drawn from popular culture and the unusual interplay between two and three-dimensional elements, all challenge the hierarchy inherent within visual forms, and the materials and values associated with them.

 

Recent solo exhibitions include the Storm King Sculpture Park, Mountainville, New York (forthcoming), a major retrospective curated by Paul Nesbitt at The Royal Botanical Gardens, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, Scotland entitled The Beat of the Show (2011) and What Went Down at the Centre International d’Art et du Paysage de l’Ile de Vassivière, France (2011).

 

Thomas Houseago was born in Leeds, UK, in 1972. He lives and works in Los Angeles.


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Skull Head (Study), 2013
bronze (edition of 3 + 2 AP)
213,4 × 83,8 × 81,3 cm | 84 × 33 × 32 inches

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Finger Panel I, 2012
bronze, black patina (edition of 3 + 2 AP)
252,7 × 124,5 × 25,4 cm | 99 1/2 × 49 × 10 inches

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Yet to be titled (flowering plant panel), 2012
bronze (edition of 3 + 2AP)
236,4 × 121,2 × 23 cm | 93 × 47 1/4 × 9 inches

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Large Owl (For B), 2011
bronze, redwood (edition of 3 + 2 AP)
259,1 × 175,3 × 175,3 cm | 102 × 69 × 69 inches

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Cave/Rock Head III, 2011
Tuf-cal, hemp, iron rebar, redwood
203,2 × 71,1 × 68,6 cm | 80 × 28 × 27 inches

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Big Spoon, 2010
raw bronze (edition of 3 + 2 AP)
89 × 94 × 421,5 cm | 35 × 37 × 166 inches

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Giant Figure (Cyclops), 2010
bronze (edition of 3 + 2 AP)
469,6 × 170,2 × 167,6 cm | 184 7/8 × 67 × 66 inches

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Venice Head (Cave II), 2010
bronze and Redwood (edition of 3 + 2 AP)
223,5 × 109,2 × 127 cm | 88 × 43 × 50 inches

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Sprawling Octopus Man, 2009
bronze (edition of 3 + 2 AP)
254 × 213,36 × 152,4 cm | 100 × 84 × 60 inches

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Reclining Figure, 2008
aluminium (edition of 3 + 2 AP)
195 × 187 × 95,5 cm | 76 3/4 × 73 5/8 × 37 5/8 inches

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60 Thompson Street, 2008
Plaster, wood

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Serpent, 2008
Plaster, hemp, iron rebar, oilbar, graphite, wood
244 × 155 × 120 cm | 96 1/8 × 61 × 47 1/4 inches

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Quake Mask, 2008
bronze and Redwood (edition of 5 + 2AP)
244 × 83 × 61 cm | 96 1/8 × 32 5/8 × 24 inches

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For a Glass Monument, 2003
Plaster, inox, toile de jute, wood, paint
250 × 90 × 60 cm | 98 3/8 × 35 3/8 × 23 5/8 inches

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Untitled (Golem), 1998
bronze (edition of 5 + 1 AP)
249 × 175 × 200 cm | 98 × 68 7/8 × 78 3/4 inches

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Exhibitions

2013

Thomas Houseago
My Genghis Khan Suit/
Like A Circle Around the Sun

2008

Thomas Houseago
When Earth Fucks With Space

2002

Thomas Houseago
Amy Bessone & Thomas Houseago

Publications

Thomas Houseago, My Genghis Khan Suit / Like A Circle Around the Sun

includes a text by Lisa Le Feuvre  
published by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels - 2014
ISBN 978-94-9124-508-4

Thomas Houseago

essay by Rudi Fuchs
published by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels - 2008
ISBN 978-9-081291-26-2