News item from 2010
Contemporary Sculpture Goes On Show In The Ashmolean To Coincide With Artist's Major Exhibition At Modern Art Oxford
In his first major solo exhibition in a UK public gallery, new and recent sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Thomas Houseago will go on show at Modern Art Oxford and in the Ashmolean Museum’s forecourt and newly redeveloped Cast Gallery from 11 December 2010 to 20 February 2011.
Thomas Houseago was born in Leeds in 1972 and now lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include The Moon and the Stars and the Sun, Michael Werner Gallery, New York (2010); Two Faces, Ballroom Marfa, Texas (2009); Thomas Houseago, Zero, Milan (2009).
The artist has come to public prominence in recent years with his monumental, figurative sculptures that are charged with a remarkable energy and vitality.
Houseago works primarily with media that demonstrates a sensibility towards classical sculptural materials and processes; primitive, totemic sculptures are hewn from giant timbers. Hessian is slathered in plaster and crudely wrapped around steel armatures, and largescale, free-standing works are ambitiously cast in bronze.
Thomas Houseago: What Went Down will be later presented at Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany, and The International Center of Art and Landscape at Vassivière Island, France.