Thaddeus Mosley (b. 1926, New Castle, PA) is a Pittsburgh-based self-taught artist whose monumental sculptures are crafted with the felled trees of Pittsburgh’s urban canopy, via the city’s Forestry Division; wood from local sawmills; and reclaimed building materials. Using only a mallet and chisel, he reworks salvaged timber into biomorphic forms.
Mosley had his first solo exhibition, as an artist represented by Karma, in 2020, and was commissioned for the 2020 edition of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center, New York.
His work has been exhibited and acquired by major museums and foundations since 1959, including the Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museum of Art, for the occasion of the 57th Edition Carnegie International (2018). His work is held in public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Brooklyn Museum, New York and Colby College, Waterville, Maine.
Mosley’s work is currently on view in downtown Milwaukee in "there is this We," a group installation organized by Sculpture Milwaukee.
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is thrilled to have five of Mr. Mosley’s pieces featured in this year’s Festival, including the premier of Union State, created in April of 2021.
The names and dimensions of the pieces are:
Harbor Plane (2017)
Weather Plane (2017)
Union State (2021)