Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago was born in 1972 in Leeds, United Kingdom. He trained at Central Saint Martins in London and De Ateliers in Amsterdam, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Since the beginning, Houseago has put sculpture at the centre of his practice, combining traditional materials like wood, plaster and bronze with other more unusual materials: steel cables, fabric and cement. Most of his works respond to a sculptural process dedicated to the representation of the human form, which he often hovers between two- and three-dimensionality. Houseago combines various artistic, musical and cinematographic sources (he considers Jacob Epstein and his famous Rock Drill a fundamental reference). The forms and assemblages that he creates defy cultural classification: for example, his references to Picasso and African sculpture dialogue with his passion for science fiction. Often awkward and coarsely hewn, Houseago’s sculptures leave a doubt of whether they are finished, and emit a sensation of both vulnerability and power.

Exhibition dedicated to his works include those held at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels (2015), Gagosian Gallery, New York (2015), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague (2014). Some of his works were exhibited at Punta della Dogana in the exhibiiton “In Praise of Doubt” (2011-13) and at Palazzo Grassi for “The World Belongs to You” (2011-12).