Artist Spotlight: Billy Hassell

William Campbell Gallery is pleased to spotlight the work of the great Texas artist and gallery artist Billy Hassell. Billy Hassell reinvents the American landscape with his colorful interpretations of the Southwest. Recognized for his bold use of shape and imaginative renditions of plants and animals, this Texas native has made a career of painting the flora and fauna indigenous to this region of the country. Panoramic landscapes and iconic, patterning form of painting characterize his work. Oils on canvas, watercolors and a new suite of small format color etchings created at Austin’s Flatbed Press are current examples of his work.

Billy Hassell, Casa Grande Peak at Sunset, Big Bend, 2022,
oil on canvas, 42 x38 in.

Hassell’s love of nature is evident in every work he creates. The bold scale of his primary subject, birds in nature, are superimposed on a stylized landscape. His vibrant use of color continues to be a recognized characteristic of Hassell’s work.

His paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Menil Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Dallas Museum of Art, not to mention numerous corporate and private collections. Hassell was recently included in the inaugural exhibition of the Gallery of Contemporary and American Indian Art in Tucson. Hassell received his BF A at the University of Notre Dame in 1978 and continued at the University of Massachusetts, where he received his MFA in 1982.

Billy Hassell, The Canary, 2019, Stone lithograph with two colors added via aluminum plate, 22 x 19 in.

Please visit our Artsy page to view available works at the gallery.