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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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