Billy Hassell, Freshwater Life

Billy Hassell Art Talk – 05/09/12

6:30-7:30pm: Billy Hassell will discuss his current exhibition, WATERSHED.

Billy Hassell, Freshwater Life
Billy Hassell, Freshwater Life

WATERSHED, an exhibition of paintings and color lithographs by local DFW artist Billy Hassell, surveys the current state of humanities most important natural resource, water. With keen observation, Hassell’s stylized depictions of our eco system center on environments with rivers, wetlands, lakes, and the vegetation that surround them. Amongst the vivid color, detailed patterns and simplicity in form, these landscapes also serve as a representation of the severity of water stress around the globe.

The title for the exhibition, WATERSHED, refers to the definition of watershed, stated in the quote above by John Wesley Powell (geologist, explorer, ethnologist 1834 -1902). Hassell applies the watershed moment – that pivotal moment of illumination or a turning of tides- to suggest that all sources of freshwater are, in fact, part of one large and intricate watershed that we all share.

Billy Hassell received his Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana in 1978 and his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts in 1982. Hassell’s paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas and various other private and public collections. Hassell is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas and William Campbell Contemporary Art in Fort Worth, Texas.



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The MAC, and our 2011-2012 Art Talk Series is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

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