Billy Hassell | PAC Featured Artist 2012

Native Texan, Billy Hassell received his B.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He settled in Fort Worth more than 25 years ago, and for the past decade he has lived in the Fairmount Historic District, where he restored much of his house himself. His nearby studio was once a corner grocery; its aged and cracked concrete floors and tin ceiling are left in their natural state. Hassell’s work is in the permanent collection of many Texas museum including the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Houston Museum of Art, the Menil Collection, and The Dallas Museum of Art; the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi organized a traveling survey exhibition of his work which toured the state. He spends much of his free time traveling, and canoeing to remote locations whose flora and fauna may find their way into his next works of art.

Observing that his art is “informed and inspired by observations of nature”, Hassell says that he attempts to give his work a sense of place to create a feeling of reality and permanence. He is fascinated by patterns found in nature that at first seem chaotic until one begins to see repetition and order. Occasionally nature-based patterns, such as one might see in a Victorian wallpaper or an Oriental rug, may form the background in his paintings. He enjoys the juxtaposition of natural patterns with these more stylized interpretations of them.

An early supporter of Preservation is the Art of the City, Hassell is taking part in the art show and sale for the seventh time, this time as the 2012 Featured Artist.