Fort Worth artist Billy Hassell will present a gallery talk in the Kimbell Art Museum’s “Artist’s Eye” series on Saturday, March 6, at 11 a.m. The Kimbell’s curator for Asian and non-Western art, Jennifer Casler Price, will moderate this free program.
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. Many of his paintings present a cacophony of pattern and color that “startles perspective and toys with balance.” Whether painting birds, a rainbow trout, or land furrows, the artist makes patterning a primary element in almost every painting.
Hassell’s work has received acclaim throughout the United States. 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, as well as in numerous corporate and private collections.
“The Artist’s Eye” is an ongoing program moderated by Kimbell staff. It brings Texas artists to the Museum to discuss works in the permanent collection, share the special insights of the practicing professional, and relate older art to contemporary artistic concerns, including their own.