Thomas Andrea Barbey is a graduate of the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris-Cergy and the Ecole Nationale supérieure du Paysage de Versailles. In 2019 and 2020, following a prolific career in contemporary art and architecture, the Académie de France in Madrid is dedicating Thomas Andréa Barbey’s work by opening the doors of the Casa de Velázquez for an annual residency.
In 2015, after several years of stepping back, he will put his artistic work back into perspective in the form of large, solitary, monochromatic drawings, and by making landscape and travel the subjects of his inspiration. He draws the story of a long journey, of a slow exploration of the world under its geographical and contemplative aspects. Like a traveler who glides from the blade of grass to the cosmos, he spends his time drawing the changing shades of the sky’s reflections on the water, the almost imperceptible variations of light, or the abstract effects of the transparency of the air. These works illustrate the talent of Thomas Andréa Barbey, by his meticulousness and his sense of aesthetics. Not without ambivalence, the almost mechanical precision of the artist creates a work filled with emotion.
“My artistic work continues this long journey, in a slow exploration of reality, of the world under its geographical and contemplative aspects. It is the story of a fictitious walk in a country where summits, chasms, valleys, panoramas, to photographic landscapes and other anecdotal motifs alternate. This research, which pursues a romantic ideal, is presented as simple fragments, as small pieces arbitrarily cut out of an infinitely larger fabric.”
Thomas Andrea BARBEY