Thomas Houseago

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Thomas Houseago
Born Leeds, United Kingdom
Known for sculpture, painting
Large Owl (For B), bronze and redwood, 2011, displayed in Amsterdam during ArtZuid in 2015

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]

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] With his wife Amy Bessone, he lived for eight years in Brussels; he moved to Los Angeles in 2003.[4][6][5] 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.[7][8]