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Early life and education
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. His first serious patrons were the Miami collectors Donald and Mera Rubell, who bought several works in 2006.
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.
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- Jonathan Griffin (August 17, 2012), Thomas Houseago’s sacred monsters Financial Times.
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