Thomas Weeks Barrett, Jr.'s Third Floor Studio
The Studio Today
Today, Thomas W. Barrett, Jr.'s studio is in active use by resident artist Emilie Houssart. Artist Benjamin Arnold will be in residence through the end of 2018 while Emilie is on sabbatical.
Born in 1983 in the city of Newcastle upon-Tyne in the North-East of England, an only-child, he spent much of his childhood moving with his parents from one place to another; from Seoul, South Korea, at the age of 2, to Singapore, Norway, and back to England, where he attended school & university. During this time drawing increasingly became a means of entertaining himself, and a love of comic books developed into a passion for the visual arts.
Benjamin received his BA (Hons) degree from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London - one of Britain’s leading art schools. There he studied Drawing "as visual thinking", developing an interest in figurative, realist painting amidst a group of fellow artists pursuing eclectic, mostly conceptual contemporary practices (video, performance art, sculptural-installation). Despite his profound interest in the history of oil painting and his study of the Old Masters in books and the museums of London - very much at odds with the prevailing postmodern pedagogy of the British art school in the early 21st Century - this experience has never left him, and he credits the exposure to a variety of different disciplines as a significant part of his artistic development.
After several years of painting portraits and furthering his self-education, he found an irresistible pull to dedicate time to focusing on improving his abilities more formally, so in late 2011 Benjamin moved to Florence, Italy to study at the world-renowned Florence Academy of Art. In 2015, he received his graduate diploma from the school.
In August 2013 he was awarded a prestigious Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) scholarship, granted on behalf of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, to continue his studies at the Florence Academy of Art. For more information please visit www.qest.org.uk
In October 2015 Benjamin moved to the USA. He usually works from his studio in Hyde Park, NY.
Emilie Houssart is a visual artist based in Poughkeepsie, NY.
As a painter, Emilie works predominantly in oils; she also makes etchings, monotypes, drawings and sculptures. Her work is an exploration of the complex relationship humans have with nature, often examining our responses to chaos and absurdity. She has a strong affinity for natural and discarded materials.
riginally Dutch, Emilie spent most of her early years in Norwich, UK, and received a BA Hons. from the University of Durham. She spent three years at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence studying drawing and painting, and teaching on a scholarship award, graduating in 2006. Since then she has been developing her work while continuing to teach in London, Texas and, since 2013, the Hudson Valley.
Emilie gives classes, workshops and private instruction in drawing, painting and intaglio. She has been an Instructor at the Woodstock School of Art since 2016 and a Studio Assistant at P.U.F. Print Studio since 2017. Emilie has worked as Scenic Designer for Austin Shakespeare (TX) and collaborated on opera productions with the Yorke Trust (Norfolk, UK).