Reaves | Foltz Fine Art is pleased to present SHADOWS, an exhibition of new works by contemporary artist Billy Hassell. This marks the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. In this newest series, he turns a more direct approach to bringing to our attention an ecological consciousness involving issues of wildlife conservation that have always been present in his work. On choosing the title for the exhibition, Hassell writes, “I wanted to suggest all of the various meanings of the word, both as a noun and as a verb. As a noun, I want to suggest silhouettes, shapes, profiles as well as the proximity to sadness and gloom; as a verb, to suggest a shadow cast and also to follow and observe.”
The show will feature new oil paintings, watercolors and lithographs. Some of the new paintings will feature extinct birds of Texas along with several species that are endangered or are on the brink of extinction. Other paintings will have a broader cultural reference. The exhibition will also feature the recently-completed five-part lithograph series printed in collaboration with Texas Parks and Wildlife and Master Printer Peter Webb at Lucky Strike Press in Austin, Texas. The series celebrates and promotes awareness for wildlife habitat conservation statewide. A catalogue will be produced to accompany the exhibition, with a catalogue essay by Poet Laureate Robin Davidson. The catalogue will be available after the exhibition opening.
A Texas native, Hassell earned his BFA from Notre Dame, followed by his MFA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Upon completion of his graduate degree, Notre Dame invited him to return as a professor to teach etching and watercolor. He has also taught a variety of art classes - painting, drawing, printmaking, and studio practices - at universities including Davidson College in North Carolina. Museums in Texas such as the Dallas Museum of Art, the Modern in Fort Worth, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Menil Collection in Houston, along with many private collectors, have acquired Billy’s paintings for their permanent collections. His work hangs in a US Embassy, the University of Texas, the offices of HBO, and the George W. Bush Presidential Center. National art magazines such as Art News, Southwest Art, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have featured Billy’s paintings, as well as many regional publications such as the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, D magazine, and 360 West, to name a few. Billy’s talents are not limited to the canvas. He has produced and designed large-scale stained-glass murals, one of which is a large floor medallion for the DFW airport, another, a 50-foot mural at a fire station in Fort Worth. He has also worked on various public art projects as well.
View the exhibition catalogue here: