Thomas Houseago Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Thomas Houseago
Untitled (Folded man red stomach)


Plaster, jute, iron rebar

190 x 110 x 75 cm
Thomas Houseago
Joanne (6 views)


plaster, hemp, steel, graphite

124.5 x 58.4 x 86.4 cm
Thomas Housago‚Äôs work playfully subverts the expectation of sculpture. Drawing reference to a multitude of styles such as Classicism, Cubism, and Futurism, Houseago‚Äôs intentionally clumsy forms trade the imperious and enduring qualities of traditional bronze or marble for the humble aesthetic of plaster and various found materials. Lacking the weighty physical stature associated with three dimensional media, Houseago‚Äôs ‚Äėmonumental‚Äô structures appear almost comically flimsy, reducing the grandiose weight of art history into sympathetic effigies.
Thomas Houseago
Folded Man (and 4 detail shots)


plaster, jute, inox

220 x 110 x 80 cm
Houseago’s subjects lean to the figurative and mythological; bordering on abstraction, their rough hewn and incomplete forms both disclose their process of making and a sense of relational humility. Folded Man, a clunky semblance of a figure made from plaster-soaked jute wrapped over a skeletal support stands as an abject tribute to Boccioni; while Joanne, an emaciated rabbit, grimaces under floppy ears. Constructed from plaster-coated iron with a delicate sketch of a figure on its side, the animal’s painfully flat body is exaggerated as both object and surface, an insubstantial vessel for spiritual manifestation. Similarly, Caryatide With Squatting Man plays upon the devices of representation to create diverse meaning: placed on a makeshift plinth to elevate its importance, Houseago’s elaborate column serves to support a hollow sheath of a figure posed in an act of desecration.
Thomas Houseago
Caryatide with Squatting Man (and details)


wood, plaster, iron, jute

300 x 90 x 40 cm
Throughout Houseago‚Äôs work lies an engagement with hierarchical considerations of visual form and their associated values. Challenging these preconceptions through making and content, Houseago creates his own alternative ‚Äėhistories‚Äô, reflective of a more intimate and empathetic narrative.
Thomas Houseago
Figure 2


Wood, graphite, oil stick, tuf-cal, hemp, iron rebar

228.6 x 83.8 x 134.6 cm
Thomas Houseago
Figure 1 (and 2 details)


Wood, graphite, tuf-cal, hemp, iron, oil stick

221 x 221 x 132.1 cm

Thomas Houseago's Biography

Thomas Houseago
Born in 1972, in Leeds, UK
Lives and works in Los Angeles


David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Solo presentation, Art Brussels, with gallery Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium

Thomas Houseago, I Am Here, Selected Sculptures 1995-2003, S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium

Xavier Hufkens, (w/Amy Bessone), Brussels, Belgium

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

Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mum's tattoo, Si en La, (w/Matthew Monahan, guest curator: Luc Tuymans), Antwerp, Belgium


Red Eye: Los Angeles Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL.
Making and Finding, The Foundation To-Life, Mount Kisco, NY.
Transformers, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV.
The Glass Bead Game, Vilma Gold Project Space, Berlin, Germany

Both Ends Burning, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Six Outdoor Projects, L.I.U., Brooklyn, New York, NY.

Passie in Beeld, ruimtelijk werk uit de collectie van de Nederlandsche Bank, Maliebeeld, Den Haag, 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