Thomas Houseago

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Thomas Houseago
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Known forsculpture, painting

Thomas Houseago is a British contemporary artist. He lives in Los Angeles, California, and also has American citizenship.[1][2] Much of his work has been figurative sculpture, often on a large scale, in plaster, bronze or aluminium; his large plaster Baby was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2010. He has also made architectural installations.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Houseago grew up in Leeds in West Yorkshire, where his mother was a teacher.[2] He did his foundation year at Jacob Kramer College in Leeds, and in 1991 went to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.[3][4][5] He then studied at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, where he came into contact with figurative artists such as Marlene Dumas, Thomas Schütte and Luc Tuymans.[4] He lived for eight years in Brussels before moving to Los Angeles in 2003.[4][6][5] Houseago held his first solo exhibition, titled Serpent (2009), in the United States at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles, which was also the gallery's inaugural show.[7] In the Frogtown district of Los Angeles, his studio complex occupies four single-story industrial buildings along the Los Angeles River.[8]

Donald and Mera Rubell, art collectors from Miami, bought several of his works in 2006.[6] His large plaster Baby was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2010,[3] and in 2011 L'Homme Pressé, a tall bronze figure of a walking man, was installed in front of Palazzo Grassi on the Grand Canal in Venice during the Biennale.[9][10]

Art market[edit]

Houseago is represented by Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Gagosian Gallery and Hauser & Wirth.[11] Early in his career, Houseago began a relationship with Xavier Hufkens Gallery in Brussels. He later began showing with Michael Werner Gallery in New York.[12] He was previously represented by David Kordansky in Los Angeles.[13][14][15]

Personal life[edit]

During his time at De Ateliers, Houseago met the American painter Amy Bessone with whom he lived until 2013. Since then he has been in a relationship with art therapist Muna El Fituri.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Suzanne Muchnic (March 15, 2017), Over the Wall: Thomas Houseago's Latest Works Engage Builders, Breakers, and Climbers. ARTNews.
  2. ^ a b Kelly Crow (December 7, 2012). Searching for the Next Art-World Star. Wall Street Journal. Archived December 24, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Ted Loos (November 6, 2014). Leaving the Monsters Behind: Thomas Houseago’s Long Road to 'Moun Room'. New York Times.
  4. ^ a b c Jonathan Griffin (August 17, 2012). Thomas Houseago’s sacred monsters. Financial Times. Archived August 19, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Susan Morgan (January 31, 2018). Gagosian Inside the Healing L.A. Studio of Artist Thomas Houseago, Where Ghosts (and Brad Pitt) Roam. W Magazine.
  6. ^ a b Jori Finkel (January 2, 2011). Sculptor Thomas Houseago's shape-shifting world. Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ "David Kordansky Gallery". Ocula.
  8. ^ Susan Morgan (January 31, 2018), Inside the Healing L.A. Studio of Artist Thomas Houseago, Where Ghosts (and Brad Pitt) Roam W.
  9. ^ Jori Finkel (June 2, 2011). Notes from the Venice Biennale: Thomas Houseago's can't-be-missed sculpture at Palazzo Grassi. Los Angeles Times.
  10. ^ John Batten (July 9, 2016). Gagosian Hong Kong shows first paintings of much collected sculptor Thomas Houseago. Hong Kong: Post Magazine.
  11. ^ Ted Loos (November 6, 2014), Leaving the Monsters Behind: Thomas Houseago’s Long Road to ‘Moun Room’ New York Times.
  12. ^ Jori Finkel (January 2, 2011), Sculptor Thomas Houseago's shape-shifting world Los Angeles Times.
  13. ^ Jonathan Griffin (August 17, 2012), Thomas Houseago’s sacred monsters Financial Times.
  14. ^ Jonathan Griffin (September 10, 2014), The New Dealer New York Times.
  15. ^ Ted Loos (November 6, 2014), Leaving the Monsters Behind: Thomas Houseago’s Long Road to ‘Moun Room’ New York Times.
  16. ^ Susan Morgan (January 31, 2018), Inside the Healing L.A. Studio of Artist Thomas Houseago, Where Ghosts (and Brad Pitt) Roam W.