Billy Hassell (American, b.1956)
Birth Place: Dallas, TX USA
Who is painter Billy Hassell?
Billy Hassell is an artist and painter from Fort Worth, Texas. Perhaps best known for his large mosaic on the floor of the Dallas airport, Early Morning Flight. He specializes in showcasing the plants and animals of his home state of Texas. Known for his brilliant colors, clean lines, and craftsman-level attention to detail, Hassle’s work has received critical and commercial success in recent years. Since the 1980s his work has been exhibited at galleries across the country. Some of these galleries and museums include the Dallas Museum of Art, the Modern in Fort Worth, and even a US embassy.
Hassell is dedicated to conservation and as such his paintings often have been used to promote environmental causes and to celebrate nature. His work has been featured in The Nature Conservancy and Audubon magazines. A multi-disciplinary artist, he’s created paintings, murals, and lithographs. The latter of these is a unique skill that has largely been lost by the art community on account of how labor-intensive it is. All of these features combine to make Hassell what he is -- a true American original.
What kind of art does Billy Hassell make?
Billy Hassell is a multi-disciplinary artist who makes murals, paintings, and lithographs. His work often focuses on the natural world, either animals or plants, especially those of his native Texas. Hassell’s attention to detail and work ethic are unparalleled, and his pieces often reflect this. They are full of beautiful colors and distinctive patterns. There are few artists today who can use color and an illustrative style to give the viewer an emotional wallop the way that Hassel can. He has been featured in many periodicals over the course of his career, including Art News, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He continues to produce art today and his paintings are increasingly in-demand by collectors and museums across the country.
How did Billy Hassell get started?
Billy Hassell received a BFA from Notre Dame and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He then taught at Notre Dame for years as a professor of etching and watercolor. During the early years of his twenties, Hassell began to focus on painting the landscapes and animals of his native Texas. These paintings showed a real proclivity toward depicting the natural world, he was easily able to imbue his pieces with a sense of life and energy rarely seen in nature paintings -- which can too often feel stale or stagnant. This is never the case with a . He moved to large canvases, using his trademark colors and stylized elements to become a modern-day master of nature painting.
How much are Billy Hassell’s paintings worth?
Billy Hassell’s paintings are typically worth between a thousand dollars and twenty thousand for more major works. His highest price ever fetched at auction was for the piece Morning on the Trinity River, Ft. Worth (2010) which sold for $25,000 for Heritage Auctions in 2016. It’s a beautiful piece with many of the trademark Hassell qualities: bright colors, birds in movement, and a slick, beautiful sunrise over the water.
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