Thomas Houseago

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Thomas Houseago (b. 1972 in Leeds, Great Britain) is a contemporary visual artist. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

He is a figurative sculptor who uses lo-fi materials such as plaster[1] and plywood.[2] His work references genres such as Cubism and Futurism and plays on the history and tradition of statues.[3]

Thomas Houseago studied at Central Saint Martins in London and the Ateliers in Amsterdam. After completing his studies, he lived and worked for several years in Brussels before moving to Los Angeles. During the past year, the work of Thomas Houseago has been shown in Glasgow, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Arnhem (Sonsbeek 2008) and Brussels.

Selected Individual Exhibitions[edit]


  • My Genghis Khan Suit/Like A Circle Around the Sun, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium


  • Hauser & Wirth, London, England


  • The Beat of the Show, Inverleith House / Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • What Went Down, Centre International d'art et du Paysage de l'Ile de Vassivière, Vassivière, France
  • What Went Down, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany


  • What Went Down, Modern Art Oxford and Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England
  • Thomas Houseago: The Moon and the Stars and the Sun, Michael Werner Gallery, New York
  • Giant Geiant, 2010, Art 41 Basel, on Messeplatz, sited directly in front of the buildings hosting the Art 41 Basel


  • Two Face, with Aaron Curry, Ballroom Marfa, Texas
  • There is a Crack in Everything, That's How the Light gets in, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
  • TWOFACETWO: Aaron Curry & Thomas Houseago, VW (VeneKlasen / Werner), Berlin
  • Ode, ZERO, Milan, Italy


  • Serpent, David Kordansky, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • When Earth fucks with Space, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
  • Bastards, Herald Street, London, England


  • A Million Miles Away, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Großbritannien


  • Art Brussels*, Solo-Präsentation, mit Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium




  • Something to Be, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, Netherlands


  • Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Tattoo Mum's, with Matthew Monahan, guest curator Luc Tuymans, Si en La, Antwerp, Belgium

Selected Group Exhibitions[edit]

“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


  1. ^ Onajídé Shabaka,
  2. ^ Matt Freedman,
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