Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago, Large Owl (For B), 2011
Courtesy the artist and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
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Thomas Houseago, Yet to be titled (Large Walking Figure), 2014.
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01.05.14 - 05.11.14
Formal Terrace
Leeds-born sculptor Thomas Houseago returns to the region this spring, as part of Yorkshire Festival 2014 to exhibit two monumental sculptures at two sites in Yorkshire – the very first time a new work by Houseago has been exhibited in the region.

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Experience these diverse and monumental works in two locations, outside Leeds Art Gallery & the Henry Moore Institute on the Headrow, Leeds City Centre and in the open air at YSP. 

Houseago’s work is best known for its colossal proportions with pieces regularly topping three metres. His sculptures are often cited as being ‘hulking’ and depicting giant dishevelled figures with mythical proportions. Houseago’s inspirations range from Darth Vader, Jacob Epstein and African art, through to his experience of growing up in Yorkshire and the legacy of Leeds’ culture and local imagery. The sculpture on the Headrow, Yet to be Titled (Large Walking Figure), is a new work – a gargantuan and striding figure reflecting the frenetic bustle of this urban landscape.

YSP presents a second Houseago sculpture, Large Owl (For B), an owl’s head cast in bronze on a redwood plinth, reflecting the artist’s interest in natural forms and forces and echoing the symbol of Leeds.

Born in 1972, Houseago studied art at Jacob Kramer Foundation College (now Leeds College of Art) and London’s Central Saint Martins College, and eventually moved to Los Angeles where he is now based.

This ambitious project has been supported by Leeds and Wakefield Councils.


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