We have partnered with world renowned artist Al Hassall to sell some of his unique artwork.
Click listings directly below to see the current pieces for sale:
SOLD – “RED Cheeks, Black Tube” – SOLD
Al’s Biography & Art History:
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art , University of Guelph , and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Western Ontario.
I taught Visual, and Fine Art at the High School ,and College level from 1977 to 2010 .
During that time till present , I’ve “Freelanced “ for a number of Fly Fishing Publications and Journals:
Atlantic Salmon Journal , Fly Fisher , Fly Fusion , Outdoor Canada, Ontario Out of Doors , The American Fly Fisher [MUSEUM ] ,and others.
I currently illustrate for the best Fly Fishing Publication on the planet , Fly Fisherman Magazine [Seasonable Angler ].
As well , I’ve been fortunate to illustrate some mighty fine Books:
”Water Marks” , by Jim Mc Lennan;
“Becoming a Fly Fisher”, by John Randolph;
“Great Lakes Steelhead “, by Rick and Jerry Kustich;
and a number of Books by Jerry Kustich , most recent , “Around the Next Bend”.
In addition , lots of good fortune with TV , a CBC , Doc. “Lorde of the Flies” , and a guest on Bob Izumi’s , “Real Fishing “ on TSN.
I was humbled with the Greg Clark Award in 1992 , presented by the Izaak Walton Fly Fishermen’s Club.
My work is in a number of Private Collections both in North America as well as other parts of the Globe.
I currently work out of my Studio in a beauty little Town called Terrace Bay on the Northern most tip of Lake Superior.
It’s here that inspiration comes easily and the waters are cold and clean , and the Trout ! Oh those Trout ! Steelhead too !
I’ve left out a lot of “stuff”, Suffice to say , “the journey I’ve been on , over all these years , has by far outweighed the destination “ , whatever that may be ?
Fly Fishing has been good to me , beautiful people, memory’s, experiences…”A River never Sleeps”.
My Tools and Materials:
My brushes and paper , are simple , but the very best .
My Water color paper of choice has always been Arches , French , hand made, acid free in both “hot” and “cold pressed”in weights of 140 lb. To 300 lb .
Most of my pigments are Winsor & Newton as well as a few Holbein and Cotman’s .
My brushes are a mix of Kolinsky Sable , “series 7”, as well as a variety of nylon , nylon sable mix .
My ink pens are exclusively Rapidograph Koh-I -Noor, size 4×0 or .18 , and Drawing ink , Ultra Draw Black , waterproof.
*All WORK IS ORIGINAL* – no “prints” unless otherwise stated .
Once I’ve decided on an image , and after all the preliminary drawing , design and color considerations , I’ll plan a sequence of steps from beginning to end .
Watercolor is a great medium suited beautifully to my Subject Matter , but it’s unforgiving , and you can seldom go back if you miss a step !!
Regardless of whether it’s a large painting or a tiny ink drawing , my approach is much the same .
I welcome the challenge of painting or Book requests , and the occasional “Logo” Design .
Don’t hesitate to contact me via e-mail through The First Cast, then voice to voice , and with luck , in person !
Al’s Mission Statement:
“Trout are my Sunrise , Sunset “ Over the past forty odd years , I’ve strived through my watercolors and illustrations to reflect an honest interpretation of the Fly Fisher’s world .
My paintings , I think , are simple and direct, sometimes experimental and exploratory , much like our approach to Fly Fishing with all it’s challenges , and mystery’s .
Through my travels , and many Rivers , I’ve experienced beautiful people and amazing places.
It’s because of Fly Fishing and all the magic it brings .
It’s my hope that some of my work will move you , the viewer /participant , in ways they have inspired me to create them .
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