Spellerberg Projects

Ongoing and Upcoming

Hollie Brown, The Triumph of Death

On now

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Opens Friday, Nov 2, 6pm


The first known painting dubbed The Triumph of Death exists as a fresco in the Regional Gallery of Palazzo Abatellis in Palermo, dated around 1446, creator unknown. In 1562, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, inspired by the earlier fresco, painted a 16th century update for his version, also titled, The Triumph of Death.

The third iteration, again titled, The Triumph of Death, is currently underway in the form of a site specific painting and sculpture, by artist Hollie Anne Brown. Cut outs of both 15th and 16th century versions are crudely pasted onto a color field which was previously rendered in a slapstick manner on her laptop.

In 1446 and 1562 a hypothetical answer was proposed to the question, “What happens when we die?” Bruegel and the unknown artist painted an image of death (personified by skeletons) triumphing over humans, with comic undertones. Curiously, neither painting were biblically derived.

Brown’s 2018 version does not propose an answer to this question, rather it honors the beauty of questions remaining questions. Images alluding to the sun and black holes, representing questions of life and alternate dimensions, take a center spot in her two seemingly identical murals, each over 25 feet long and 8 feet high.

On the evening of November 2nd, 2018, the finished version will go on display. Sometime later the murals will be buried in the wall under a few coats of white paint.

About the artist:

Hollie Brown lives in Lockhart, Texas. She received her M.F.A. from the University of California, Riverside, and currently teaches at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Artist’s website

Somsy Vejsiri, Help-Portrait

Dec 1

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Sat Dec 1


Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists using their time, equipment and expertise to give back to those who are less fortunate. Each December, artists all around the world find people in need, take their picture, print their picture and then deliver it—free of charge. Through this project, families gain the ability to have high quality professional portraits taken at no cost.

  • We will have hair and make-up artists there to provide free makeovers prior to getting their photos taken.
  • We will have several professional photographers with lights and backgrounds taking their photos.
  • We will have several professional photo editors touching up the photos and printing them on-site.
  • Each family walks out with professionally printed/framed photos for the holiday.

The Help-Portrait Lockhart team is led by photographer Somsy Vejsiri. For more information and to get involved, email somsystudio@yahoo.com

Project website