Thomas Houseago is vanguard in his approach to sculpture’s original subject, the human body. Utilizing 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 with others sculpted in the round to create 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.

Thomas Houseago was born in 1972 in Leeds, England. He studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art, London and De Ateliers, Amsterdam. Recent exhibitions include the “The Artist’s Museum,” MOCA, Los Angeles (2010); “What Went Down,” Modern Art Oxford (2010; traveled to Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; and Centre International d’Art et du Paysage; île de Vassivière, through 2011); “The Beat of the Show,” Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2011); “The World Belongs to You,” Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2011); “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Thomas Houseago: Hermaphrodite,” Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich (2012); “Thomas Houseago: Striding Figure/Standing Figure,” Galleria Borghese, Rome (2013); “As I Went Out One Morning,” Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York (2013); and “Masks (Pentagon),” Rockefeller Center Plaza, New York (2015). His work was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial.

Thomas Houseago
Thomas Houseago
Leeds, 1972
UK

Current Exhibitions

More / Less

de la Cruz Collection

01 Dec — 30 Nov
More / Less groups works by several international contemporary artists, produced during the last thirty years. The exhibition wants to investigate shifts in contemporary visual culture creating a mutual dialogue between...

Past Exhibitions

Face and Form

de la Cruz Collection
01/12/2017 — 30/11/2018

Progressive Praxis

de la Cruz Collection
29/11/2016 — 29/11/2017

Thomas Houseago: Psychedelic Brothers – Drawn Paintings

Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong
27/05/2016 — 13/08/2016

You’ve Got to Know the Rules…to Break Them

de la Cruz Collection
01/12/2015 — 08/10/2016

Voice of Images

Palazzo Grassi
30/08/2012 — 13/01/2013

Solo Shows

2007
David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

2004
Solo presentation, Art Brussels, with gallery Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium

2003
Thomas Houseago, I Am Here, Selected Sculptures 1995-2003, S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium

2002
Xavier Hufkens, (w/Amy Bessone), Brussels, Belgium

2000
Something to Be, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1996
Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mum’s tattoo, Si en La, (w/Matthew Monahan, guest curator: Luc Tuymans), Antwerp, Belgium

Group Shows

2006
Red Eye: Los Angeles Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL.
Making and Finding, The Foundation To-Life, Mount Kisco, NY.
Transformers, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV.
The Glass Bead Game, Vilma Gold Project Space, Berlin, Germany

2005
Both Ends Burning, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Six Outdoor Projects, L.I.U., Brooklyn, New York, NY.

2003
Passie in Beeld, ruimtelijk werk uit de collectie van de Nederlandsche Bank, Maliebeeld, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Group show/artists of the gallery, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2002
Stedelijk Museum in De Nieuwe Kerk, Beelden/Sculpture 1947-2002,curated by Rudi Fuchs, Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2001
Rondom Jheronimous Bosch, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

1999
Glad IJs, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Werk boven de bank, Archipel, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

1998
Morning Glory, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Summer Show, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
Acquisitions 1997, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1997
New Acquisitions, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Leeds Country of birth: UK Date of birth: 1972 Lives in: Los Angeles, USA