My work is a symbolic and narrative response to nature and seeks a balance between realism and abstraction. My primary subject matter has been the flora and fauna of Texas and my influences include Mexican and American folk art, 19th and 20th Century Japanese woodblock prints, natural history, field guides and botanical studies. Over the years I have become increasingly concerned and involved with environmental issues and have received commissions from Audubon Texas, the Texas Nature Conservancy and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation to produce color etchings and color lithographs featuring the flora and fauna of Texas that highlight those organizations’ conservation efforts around the state and the Gulf Coast.
About the artist
Billy Hassell has been making nature inspired paintings and lithographs for more than 25 years. His colorful and expressive art works, frequently featuring birds and indigenous plants and animals, have been exhibited nationwide and are included in the permanent collections of the Houston Museum of Art, the Fort Worth Modern, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Tyler Museum of Art and numerous other public and private collections. Articles on his work have appeared in ArtNews, Southwest Art and the New York Times.
Billy Hassell "Lone Star Wild"
October 19, 2019 - November 30, 2019
Davis Gallery Austin, Texas
METRO GALLERY FRAME
Type: Thin Gallery Frame
Wood & Finish: ash frame with black finish
Purchasing Option: joined wood frame
Custom Wood Strainer: 3/4" wood frame strainer
Custom frame mats/sized boards: white 8 ply mat & 4 ply backing
Custom Frame Acrylic: UV acrylic cut to size
Custom frame backing boards: 1/8" archival coroplast