”Many of the backdrops are produced by the team of artists at Scenic Art Studios, who work out of a 15,000-square-foot space in the 1830s Regal Bag brick warehouse on the shores of the Hudson River in Newburgh, N.Y. During the winter, the artists watch bald eagles float by on ice floes. The workshop is a sanctuary for formerly starving artists.” - Eben Shapiro and Julia Lull
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Melbourne Theatre Company scenic artist Tansy Elso studied at Scenic Art Studios for a brief period of time. She was awarded the International Travel Scholarship from her theatre company MTC.
Giving the recipient the means to travel to NY to gain experience from another Scenic Painting studio Tansy took full advantage of her time here in NY, visiting museums, galleries, and famous landmarks. Lead artist Richard W. Prouse guided her during her stay with us teaching her some Scenic Art Studios techniques!!!! We were happy to host you Tansy!! Good lu...
Joseph Forbes attended the The Sexual-Abuse and Harassment event at The Public Theater on Thursday December, 7th 2017.
"The event was organized in the wake of the sexual-abuse and harassment scandals assailing so many industries and as rumors swept New York’s theater community that an exposé or exposés on Broadway abusers and harassers was about to be published."
- The Daily Beast
Scenic Art Studios compassion to this cause led to a meeting the following day. "It is important to continue the conversation. It is up to...
Forbes first discovered his love for theatre through an extra credit assignment for his college English class: volunteer ushering for the school production of Look Homeward Angel. Immediately hooked, he began studying scenic design at the University of North Carolina. “[My teacher] would put a backdrop down on the stage floor and we would all gather around between classes and sit there just awestruck while this man painted,” he says. “I think that’s where I got the love of backdrops from.”
But it would be a few years before Forbes realized his lov...
Irina Portnyagina is a leading artist here at Scenic Art Studios.
First and foremost, Irina is a #brilliant artist with a range of skills that stretches from architectural rendering, portraits, the human form, and her incredible translucent skies. She is known for creating ingenious new scenic techniques and tools which have been adopted by other Scenics. Teaching newer Scenics how to adapt this style has helped shape them into true Scenics. Her ability to take a design and breathe life into it has also earned her the admiration of many Des...
Ruthie, Mark and Tyler from Playbill get a personal tour of Scenic Art Studios from our Founder Joseph Forbes. Each drop we visited that day came with jaw dropping awe.
Scenic Art Studios create's beautiful #backdrops. What makes us so special is how we connect with the pieces themselves. From the concept to the finished product we all work together to get the job done. Just like a family we look after one another during the process. Laughing, Arguing, Creating, Paint flying everywhere, Glitter on our cloths....the list goes on....
Scenic boots travel far and wide. Creating one #backdrop after another. Walking across canvas after canvas. From paint splatters to starched accidents....they have seen a thing or two. Let's give it up to the soles that never gave up on us!!
The true life of a Scenic's boots.
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"BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" premiered on Broadway on April 18, 1994 and ran for 5,461 performances between 1994 and 2007, becoming Broadway's tenth longest-running production in history. The musical has grossed more than $1.4 billion worldwide and played in thirteen countries and 115 cities.Scenic Art Studios enjoyed painting National and International Tours beginning in 2000.
Richard has been a lead/charge artist painting backdrops with Scenic Art Studios for over 2 decades. His inquisitive nature and the urge to problem solve make his drops sparkle with a life of their own. Richard passes on his knowledge to younger scenics as a Forum teacher at The Studio and Forum of Scenic Art. When not at SAS, Richard devotes his time to creating custom wedding gowns and painting oil portraits as well as designing and painting for the Center for Preforming Arts in Rhinebeck.
"History has proven that over time the best artwork are the ones that complement others. Sometimes it’s the lighting at a specific concert or a costume in a film, just to name a few. However, one avenue of artistic craft seems to be the perfect mix of natural aesthetic in scenic design for elaborate entertainment productions. Luckily, there is one company that has had consistent success in this medium and continues to wow audiences well into the modern age. Scenic Art Studios (SAS) is that one stop s...