Thaddeus Mosley is a autodidactic sculptor who makes large abstract works composed of multiple, carefully assembled pieces of salvaged wood. Mining local sawmills, building facilities and the city’s Forestry Division in the environment of his hometown Pittsburgh, Mosley gives new life to objects that already carry an urban history. Using only a mallet and chisel, he reworks the timber into biomorphic forms. These “sculptural improvisations,” as he calls them, take cues from the modernist traditions of jazz. “The only way you can really achieve something is if you’re not working so much from a pattern,” Mosley says of his improvisational method. “That’s also the essence of good jazz.”

His work has been exhibited and acquired by major museums and foundations since 1959, including the Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh, and most recently, the Carnegie Museum of Art, for the occasion of the 57th Edition Carnegie International (2018). His work is held in public collections including the Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; and Colby College, Waterville, ME.


Thaddeus Mosley participates in the exhibition Romancing the Surface, 20 January - 6 March, 2021. For more information about the artist, please visit Karma.