© Thomas Houseago. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio
Graphite, pastel, colored pencil, and marker on paper
30 in. x 22 1⁄2 in. / 76.2 cm. x 57.15 cm.
Thomas Houseago is widely identified with creating large-scale, and at times monumental, sculptures that are at once physical and tactile, powerful and vulnerable. Drawing upon and deftly subverting classical sources, the artist creates forms that hover between old and new worlds. Using a wide range of mediums, including traditional, low-grade materials such as plaster, hemp, graphite, wood and iron rebar, as well as cast aluminum and bronze, Houseago’s sculptures constantly acknowledge their creation as he fully embraces the process of sculpting by leaving visible the actions and structural components.
Layered and sculptural in their own right, Thomas Houseago’s drawings and paintings further map traces of a work’s journey from concept to form and are deeply steeped in a European art historical context while also revealing the interrelated influences of Modernism, African, pre-Columbian, and Pacific tribal art as well as sci-fi and popular culture characters. Subverting and combining this broad range of references, his paintings explore shifts between the mental and the physical through their impulsive, densely colored and often geometric style. Houseago paints with a sculptor’s particular energy and vernacular.
Born in Leeds, England, Houseago’s career has taken him from the UK to the Netherlands, to Belgium and finally to the United States, where he currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Courtesy of Gagosian
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