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. Later he lived for several years in Brussels where he had his first solo show with Xavier Hufkens. In 2004 he moved to Los Angeles where he continues to live and work.
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.
Thomas Houseago (b. 1972, Leeds, UK) lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include Masks (Pentagon), Rockefeller Plaza, New York (2015); Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands (2014) and Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York (2013).
essays by Lisa Le Feuvre and Rudi Fuchs, published by Modern Art Oxford, 2017, 240 pages, English
text by Lisa Le Feuvre, published by Xavier Hufkens, 2014, 52 pages, English
essay by Rudi Fuchs, published by Xavier Hufkens, 2008, 42 pages, English and Dutch
19 May 2017—24 February 2018
Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany
5 December 2017—30 April 2018
Elgiz Museum, Istanbul, Turkey