WHAT IS PRAIRIE PROJECT?
An Art Collective
The Prairie Project was started in 2012 by Austin artist , David Mills as a way to exercise his creativity and further his technical skills as an oil painter. Using only a palette knife and oil paint in a method called impasto and a style best described as modern-impressionism, he picked the beauty of the natural landscapes throughout the Southwestern United States as his subject. Most paintings are done plein air style and on location. Others are done from photographs from his U.S. travels.
David's farm themed landscapes capture the essence of farm and ranch living while showcasing the beauty in the austerity of an age old American farming tradition. In 2014, David broadened the mission to give back to the community portrayed in his works. Through the proceeds from the Prairie Project, David was able to make a contribution to Farm Aid helping them continue their efforts in supporting small family farms throughout the United States.
In 2018 the Prairie Project expanded to add works by several new artist who have agreed to make works available through the Prairie Project that would help continue its mission. The breadth of different styles and subjects compliments David’s original landscapes. The eclectic range of art work is now available for purchase in the online store or at one of many local art markets and fairs around Texas. Prairie Project aims to move forward by aligning with a selected charity organization again for 2018.
MEET THE ARTISTS
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When David first moved to Austin, he fell in love with the wide open expanse of the big Texas sky. David began painting local scenes as a means to refresh and sharpen his technical painting skills. Inspired by the sky and open expanse of the Southwestern landscape, The Prairie Project is a series of original oil paintings and fine art prints that was born from this pursuit. The Cerulean Blue central Texan sky and the unaffected landscape around Austin became the subject of this new series. His paintings capture the simple essence of the American rural experience and the simpler but not necessarily easier times past. Many of the paintings depict farm houses, barns and prairie homes both gloriously and in neglected disrepair. They are all devoid of visible human life. That vacancy allows each piece an ambiguous narrative to which the status of the dwelling is brought into question. Whether they are working farms, snapshots of former glory or evidence of neglect matters less than the proud and noble heritage that each represent. Usually completed in one session using only a palette knife, David captures the roughness and simplicity of the lifestyle inherent in the images he composes. Many of the pieces in this collection are executed en plein air on locations around Austin. David's work has shown in galleries throughout the United States and hangs in the homes of numerous satisfied collectors.
Lawrence Jolly is a painter and mixed media artist who lives and works in Austin, Texas (USA). He attended the University of Texas/Austin and graduated in 1981 with a BFA in Graphic Design. In 1985 he founded Jolly Design, a graphic design and branding company, which became one of the top creative firms in Austin, earning numerous local and national awards. After over 25 years in this business, Lawrence parlayed his deep experience in the commercial arts with a lifelong yearning to create fine art, and so began training with American artist Thomas Darnell in France, and English artist Edward Povey, among others. In a relatively short period of time, he has developed a style and body of work unique to his own creative persona, and has exhibited in numerous shows and galleries, including several one man shows. In 2015, his piece “Sedona Lake” was voted the 2015 People’s Choice Award winner of the annual City of Austin Peoples Gallery exhibit, and was purchased by the City for its permanent collection. In 2016, his piece “Exitus” was one of 10 works chosen to appear on highway billboards through the Reagan Advertising Artboards competition. He is married, with three grown children, three beautiful grandchildren, and one amazing Golden Retriever. See more of Larry's work at www.LawrenceJollyArt.com
Prairie Project is pleased to add Hyatt to our ever expanding collection of beautiful fine original art. With a keen eye for color and a whimsical approach to the age-old practice of still life painting, Hyatt offers this series of oil paintings to the Project. These small studies capture the simple essence of the chosen subject with a hint of reverence, elevating them beyond what they are commonly perceived to be. “When is an apple not an apple?” There is a suggested gestalt at play here as we ponder the greater sum of the parts. But mostly they are pretty, humorous, loose and energetic. Hyatt learned to paint from an à la carte menu of University courses, online courses, mentorships, workshops and trial and error. The larger, longer studies and full-sized paintings take on a more narrative quality as the items are selected and composed to pay homage to a time and place or person that had an impact on his life. Many of which are universal to each of us.
"These rich and vibrant original oil paintings are a joy to paint and give me joy every time I see them." - Hyatt
Prairie Project is pleased to welcome Dahlia Woods to our collection of talented Texas artists. Using a brilliant color palette and highly energetic brush stokes, Dahlia Woods paints the world around her. Owner of Dahlia Woods Gallery, located in San Marcos, Texas, she showcases the best of Texas art. Dahlia studied art at the High School of Art & Design in NYC, the University of New Hampshire and at Southern Methodist University under the tutelage of the renowned painter Bill Komodore. Her paintings are in the Dallas Mayor’s Office, the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau offices and many private collections. Dahlia’s color palette is inspired by the Fauvists. Visit Dahlia's other work and her collection of talented artists at her brick and mortar gallery in San Marcos, TX