Texas Parks, Artists Included in New Book
National park posters were inspired by 1930s historical artworks.
Texas parks and artists are involved in a new book of original, hand-screened national park posters, The Art of the National Parks. Inspired by the Works Progress Administration posters of the 1930s, each poster is a unique and original reflection of the talent and perspective of the contemporary artist who created it, resulting in a one-of-a-kind tribute to the majesty of the national parks. Each piece is accompanied by an informative park write-up.
“Our goal is to get poster fans into the parks and parks fans into posters,” says Austinite JP Boneyard of Fifty-Nine Parks an Austin-based collective that produced the original posters. “It’s incredibly fulfilling to be able to do meaningful work that combines the parks and artists that we love.”
Two Big Bend National Park posters, featured in the book, were created by artists with Texas connections. (Guadalupe Mountains National Park is also represented.)
Brad Woodard | Brave The Woods
Brad Woodard of Brave the Woods created the sunlit Big Bend poster, called Big Bend Day. Brave the Woods was based in Buda but relocated to Idaho in recent years. Woodard says that for this project he wanted to lean into the feeling of “being there” instead of trying to paint something photorealistic.
“The series allowed me to take my love for art and exploring the outdoors and merge them into something I’m incredibly proud of,” Woodard says. “Trying to capture the grandeur of the parks in poster form can seem like an insurmountable task at first.”
Dana Falconberry | Fort Lonesome
Austin-based embroidery studio Fort Lonesome chain-stitched their take on Big Bend by moonlight, called Big Bend Night.
“Big Bend is haunting in its timelessness and harshness, and glorious in its bounty of hidden life,” says Fort Lonesome’s Dana Falconberry. “I went camping in the Chisos and studied the sky at dusk, which very much informed the direction of the design.”
Big Bend’s International Dark Sky designation inspired the second poster for the park.
“We wanted to celebrate the park at night,” Boneyard says. “If you zoom in on the image, you can see the detail of the fabric used in the piece. It’s an unconventional yet beautiful way to make a poster.”
All posters are screen printed in the United States; books are available at Amazon or your favorite bookstore. Five percent of each poster sale (before profit) is donated to the National Park Service.
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