Thomas Houston

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Studio Location
Red Stair 10 - Mixed Media / Paper - 8" x 10" - 2013
Red Stair 9 - Mixed Media / Paper - 8" x 10" - 2013
Red Stair 11 - Mixed Media / Paper - 8" x 10" - 2013
White Stair 2 - Mixed Media / Paper - 8" x 10" - 2013
Red Stair 14 - Mixed Media / Paper - 8" x 10" - 2013
Artist's Statement

Tom Houston likes mean spaces. Small, tight, un-designed in-between places. Through the lens of his iPhone, Tom explores these spaces throughout the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He prefers nighttime when illumination is particularly harsh and full of the contrast thrown by single bulb light fixtures. Shadows inhabit spaces like these.

The images are printed onto plain or colored archival paper, then traced, exaggerated, layered, carefully cut out and then reassembled by hand into Paper Constructions. The constructions turn the architectural images on their heads by emboldening and elevating these under-represented spaces into exuberant highly colored works of art. The pieces have a powerful emotional content and often provide a narrative pathway through which the viewer can imagine exploring the now electric landscapes.


Tom Houston is a visual artist living in the Lower East Side of New York City. Tom graduated from Trinity College with a BA in Studio Arts. Upon graduation, Tom directly pursued his interest in architecture at the University Of Illinois at Chicago – graduating with a MA in Architecture. Since then, Tom has mixed art and architecture throughout his personal and professional roles as design architect, studio artist and father.