About the Artwork

Houseago has described himself as a realist. His concern, more than with the appearance of his sculptures, is to impart a sense of anima into the works: ‘As a sculptor, I am trying to put thought and energy into an inert material and give it truth and form’ he has said. His sculptures reject the ironic re-workings of readymade vocabularies so prevalent in contemporary art in favour of a deeply individual reckoning with matter. His influences are the heavyweight sculptors of Western art— Picasso, Brancusi, Rodin, Moore and Michelangelo can all be felt in his art — but equally his work draws from the everyday art forms of music, cartoons and movies:
‘I see Modernist art through the lens of pop culture, not the other way around.’

Year: 2010

Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth




309 x 105 x 114 cm

Artist Biography

Thomas Houseago

Born in Leeds, England, Thomas Houseago’s career has taken him from England to the Netherlands, to Belgium and finally to Los Angeles CA, where he currently lives and works.