Acrylic painting on canvas by Jack L. Schuller. Dimensions: 43”x48”
Commissioned as one of two paintings by Jules Buck Jones for the Wildlife Conservation Division at Reicher Ranch. The other painting is entitled Jolly-ville Plateau Salamander. “Both of these paintings aim to be simultaneously celebratory and mournful. They have different approaches but a similar goal. The first painting is of the Golden-Cheeked Warbler. In the foreground is a drawing of every Warbler depicted in John James Audubon’s Birds of America. They all have a number written on their body, which corresponds to the plate number they hold in the book. Upon discovering there was no Golden-Cheeked Warbler in the famous Naturalist’s expansive series of bird drawings, I decided to use the warbler’s absence in the book as a metaphor for the potential absence of an endangered species on earth. There are 435 plates in Birds of America. In this painting the Golden-Cheeked Warbler is numbered 436. Ideally, I would like to have the book as part of the piece. The viewer can look at the painting, match the number on any of the birds to their corresponding page in the book and gain a little information on the species. This is of course minus one. When they look up #436, they will realize there are no more illustrations and no information on the Golden-Cheeked Warbler. The feeling of erasure and loss are intentional and hopefully quite potent in contrast to the iconic, powerful presence the Golden-Cheeked Warbler has in the painting.” – Jules Buck Jones
Green Austin Series
These paintings located at the ABIA Security Check Point highlight Austin’s lush landscape, depicting the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, Barton Springs Pool, McKinney Falls State Park, Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park, Barton Creek Greenbelt, Emma Long Metropolitan Park and Blunn Creek Wilderness. Medium: Oil on Canvas Photograph by Jimmy Jaleepeno
Jolly-Ville Plateau Salamander
Commissioned as one of two paintings by Jules Buck Jones for the Wildlife Conservation Division at Reicher Ranch. The other painting is entitled Golden-Cheeked Warbler. “The Jolly-Ville Plateau Salamander painting is much more simple. It seems the endangered amphibian does not get as much public attention as its feathered cousins. I felt obligated to do a painting of one of the endangered karst animals. Here I use abstraction of form and pattern to simultaneously make a painting of an animal that lives in the dark moist caves under our feet who is highly skilled at camouflaging itself, and making a painting of an animal being consumed or erased by its environment or surroundings. Both paintings aim to deliver a celebratory viewing of these unique animals, but accompanied with the mournful reality that many gems of the natural world are in danger of being wiped out.” – Jules Buck Jones
Located in the west corridor, level 3, these paintings depict flora native to central Texas. There are a total of 20 brightly colored oil on canvas panels that generate interest in detail and a feeling of serenity amongst the variety of colorful natural elements. Medium: Oil on Canvas Photograph by Christopher Caselli
Acclaimed muralist Fidencio Duran filled nine canvases with scenes from rural Texas family gatherings, reflective of both Duran’s individual heritage and the history of the farming community surrounding the airport. “The Visit,” hanging in the ABIA west ticket lobby, celebrates the joys of human interaction. Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Panels Photograph by Paul Bardagjy
Oil on canvas by Douglas Jaques
These suitcases and other bags depict the conventional objects carried by travelers, as well as the memories one might accumulate while visiting other places. Jensen used the revered technique of reverse glass painting to create these dreamlike tableaus. Medium: 6 mixed media reverse paintings on glass Photograph by Jimmy Jalapeeno.
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