Thomas Houseago

1972 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Thomas Houseago is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Thomas Houseago was born in 1972. Artists Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris are of the same generation and same country as Thomas Houseago.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Thomas Houseago's work is available on display in 6 galleries around the globe, such as in Italy, Belgium, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Hauser & Wirth London | Savile Row in the United Kingdom, Galerie Xavier Hufkens in Belgium, as well as ZERO... in Italy. Thomas Houseago most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Annka Kultys Gallery | London in the United Kingdom with the exhibition DESIRE OF THE OTHER. The exhibition was open from 23 September 2018 until 03 October 2018. Thomas Houseago's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Blanc sur Blanc (15 January 2020 - 06 March 2020) at Gagosian | Paris in France and AN EXHIBITION FOR NOTRE-DAME (10 June 2019 - 26 July 2019) at Gagosian | Le Bourget in France.

Thomas Houseago in private collections

Thomas Houseago's art can be found on Artland in the following collection: Charles Riva Collection. This also includes works by other critically acclaimed artists, Won Sou-Yeol, Liam Fallon, and Bruno Augsburger.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been an essential hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued tremendous wealth through colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. Throughout the contemporary period, Britain had been largely eclipsed by the influence of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the nineteenth century, Britain became a significant hub in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, groups and organisational co-operative types that would later become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Ground-breaking artistic movements that characterize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago was born in 1972 and was largely influenced by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were an era of developing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time influential art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Thomas Houseago

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 8

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