Thomas Houseago (born 1972 in Leeds, Great Britain) is a contemporary visual artist. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Thomas Houseago (pronounced HOWZ-a-go) was raised by his mother, a teacher; his father was institutionalized when he was 9. In 1989 he got a government grant to attend Jacob Kramer College (now the Leeds College of Art) for one year.
Houseago left Leeds for London in 1991, at 19, enrolling at Central Saint Martins and later studying at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. The South African artist Marlene Dumas was one of Houseago’s teachers during his time at De Ateliers; other visiting artists such as Stanley Brouwn, Thomas Schütte and Luc Tuymans – but also Jan Dibbets who had a significant influence on his development as an artist. After completing his studies, he lived and worked for several years in Brussels before moving to Los Angeles in 2003.
Houseago divorced in 2013 and has two children from this relationship. He currently lives in Los Feliz with writer and art therapist Muna El Fituri and their three children from previous marriages.
Houseago is a sculptor who uses lo-fi materials such as plaster and plywood. His work references genres such as Cubism, performance art and Futurism and plays on the history and tradition of sculpture.
Early in his career, Houseago maintained a relationship with Xavier Hufkens Gallery in Brussels and soon began showing with Michael Werner Gallery in New York. From 2009, he was represented by David Kordansky, and his first serious patrons were the Miami collectors Donald and Mera Rubell. Today he is represented by Gagosian Gallery and Hauser & Wirth.
My Genghis Khan Suit/Like A Circle Around the Sun, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium 2012
“2010: The Whitney Biennial”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Thomas Houseago, Dieter Roth, André Thompkins, The Modern Institute/Toby Webster, Glasgow
Construct and Dissolve, Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich
Beaufort03. Art by the Sea, Blankenberge, Belgium
The Craft of Collecting, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
California Maximalism, Nyehaus, New York
Beg Borrow and Steal, The Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Black Swan, Michael Werner gallery, Projectspace, London, Great Britain
Academia : Qui es-tu ?, la Chapelle de l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner, Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Germany
KABUL 3000. Love among the Cabbagesi, Galleria Zero, Milan, Italy
Sonsbeek 2008: Grandeur, Arnhem, the Netherlands
Strange things permit themselves the luxury of occurring, Camden Arts Center, London, UK
Sculptors’ Drawings: Ideas, Studies, Sketches, Proposals, And More, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Personal Belongings – Contemporary Sculpture from Los Angeles, Sabine Knust Galerie Maximilian Verlag, Munich, Germany
Red Eye: Los Angeles Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, USA
Making and Finding, The Foundation To-Life, Mount Kisco, NY, USA
Transformers, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, USA
The Glass Bead Game, Vilma Gold Project Space, Berlin, Germany
Both Ends Burning, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Six Outdoor Projects, L.I.U., Brooklyn, New York, NY, USA
Passie in Beeld, Ruimtelijk werk uit de collectie van de Nederlandsche Bank, Maliebeeld, The Hague, the Netherlands
Group show/artists of the gallery, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Stedelijk Museum in De Nieuwe Kerk, Beelden/Sculpture 1947-2002, curated by Rudi Fuchs, Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Rondom Jheronimous Bosch, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Glad IJs, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Werk Boven de Bank, Archipel, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands
Morning Glory, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Summer Show, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
Acquisitions 1997, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
New Acquisitions, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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