Nationally renowned and award-winning Texas artist Jay Hester earns a consistent Five-Star rating for his work and will be holding his first solo exhibition in almost 20 years with “TEXAS-Stories of the Land,” on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8. 2016 at the J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art in Boerne, Texas. Billed as “a blockbuster exhibition by the legendary Western and Native American artist,” Hester “visually explores turning events, ballads, and serenades of the old west, drawing on historical happenings in the Texas Hill Country and giving artistic voices to stories long forgotten.”
This new artwork “allows Hester to dominate and demonstrate as to why he is regarded as the ‘Godfather’ of Boerne. Painterly renditions range from historical encounters between the Texas Rangers and the Comanche and Apache, the depot at Camp Verde, raids in Linnville and Plum Creek, Native American ambushes on early Texas/German settlers to treaty signings in Fredericksburg.”
The exhibit will feature Hester’s showstopper painting, a larger than life portrayal of an artistic rendition and homage to Boerne’s own Dr. Herff, performing his innovative cataract surgery on a Comanche Chief. As the legend goes, this surgery saved the Comanche Chief’s eyesight and laid the groundwork for a mutual understanding between the Native Americans and the early settlers.
“TEXAS – Stories of the Land” is a dynamic Western and Native American art exhibition focusing on tales from the formative years of the Texas Hill Country and surrounding regions, hosted by the oldest gallery in Texas, J.R. Mooney Galleries. A private VIP preview of the exhibition will be by invitation only from 4 pm to 8 pm on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. A free public opening begins at 4 pm on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2016. It ends at 8 pm.
Hester’s passion for Western culture is evident in his work as a Native American and Western artist. His ability to capture the rustic beauty and the depth of the people and places that define the American West has gained him many honors and awards at national juried exhibitions. After college graduation in Alabama, Jay was accepted to the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, which further refined his painting skills. He then worked as an illustrator for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Georgia.
He followed his passion along the east coast art show circuit, and taught art to college students in Georgia and Tennessee before heading west. It was Santa Fe, with its rich environment that sparked his interest in the Native Americans and other western subjects. While residing there he studied the character of the west, its culture and traditions, enabling him to capture on canvas and in clay the Native Americans, mountain men, and cowboys he so often depicts.
In addition to private collections across America, Jay has produced commissioned paintings for Texas Tech University and Methodist Hospital in Lubbock, the Zaragosa Theater at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, USAA in San Antonio, as well as many other public collections. His monumental bronze sculptures grace The Woodlands, near Houston, Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, and Boerne’s Veteran’s Park. “Lasting Friendship,” in Fredericksburg’s Markt Platz, is represented by three heroic size figures depicting the treaty signing between the Comanche Indians and the German settlers, and was unveiled on the 150th anniversary of the city. He recently installed a larger than life bronze sculpture of Cadet George P. Mitchell at the Texas A&M Galveston campus.
Hester’s selected gallery roster includes: Sage Creek Gallery in New Mexico, South West Gallery in Texas, Altermann Galleries & Auctioneers in New Mexico, Charles M. Russell Benefit Auction in Montana, Highland House Gallery in Texas, Phippen Western Art Show & Sale in Arizona, Kiwanis Art Show & Sale in Texas, RS Hanna Gallery in Texas, Paulson Gallery in Texas, Museum of Western Art in Texas, The Pearce Western Art Museum in Texas, Worrell Gallery in New Mexico, Mountain Trails in Wyoming, The Gallery at Brookwood in Texas, J.R. Mooney Galleries in Texas, and Mountain Trails in New Mexico.
For more information contact JR Mooney Galleries, Boerne, 305 S. Main St., Boerne, TX 78006, at 830-816-5106.