Fort Worth artist Billy Hassell captures the richly-hued patterns of nature and busy lives of animals. His painterly style is complex—figures appear folk-inspired and his compositions leap with their own ecosystems of patterns and interrelated scenes. Hassell particularly favors avian subjects—local birds with vibrant colors and distinctive plumage. By setting these off against a tapestry pattern with fabricated repetition of vines and flowers, the artist juxtaposes nature and culture’s appropriation of natural forms.
Audubon Texas commissioned Hassell to create a limited-edition lithographic series featuring five wildlife preserves across the state. These prints illustrate regional Texas wildlife and their sale supports local conservation efforts. Designed specifically for San Antonio, White Pelicans, Mitchell Lake (2005) highlights one of our most distinctive breeds, the American White Pelican. This new image represents Mitchell Lake Audubon Center located on the San Antonio’s South Side, and supports SAWS’ partnership with the Audubon Society to develop outdoor, science-based education programs.
Hassell received his BF A at the University of Notre Dame in 1978 and his MFA from the University of Massachusetts in 1982. His work is in such imminent collections as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Menil Collection, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as many corporate and private collections. Hassell’s public works include a beautiful mosaic floor medallion (20-feet in diameter) featured at the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport.