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Billy Knows - Fine Artist

Billy Knows

Paia, Hi - United States








Billy Knows

Paia, Hi - United States

Billy Knows - Fine Artist

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About Billy Knows

Billy Knows. Exactly what does Billy Know? Well, the street art scene of Los Angeles, if nothing else, provides a quick education.
During the early 2000s, with the Bush elections, pre and then post 9/11, war, the political tensions and patriotic emotions were high in America. This is what freedom of speech and being an artist was all about for Billy Knows. His street art was a voice that cut through the propaganda like a knife and that voice
was beginning to be echoed. Before he knew it, pieces like his “Greed”, which attacked corporate greed with a rendering of a viscous tooth Mickey Mouse, were being reproduced all over the US and then Europe. His politically charged statements of art toward George Bush and the Iraq War were getting more and more attention. Attention Billy Knows was not prepared for.
Billy Knows, came to know one more thing. . . challenging ideologies comes at a price. On the streets, Billy Knows art began being violently marked over and removed, even when other street art along side his was remaining untouched. Then in 2004, he discovered that he not only had been declared a “target” by a group of Muslim Extremists, he also started getting death threats. When he finally discovered that the source of the death threats were from a stalker, enough was enough. Billy Knows decided to move on from the streets of Los Angeles and moved to Hawaii as a safe haven, where he could focus on his art.
This is a rare glimpse at an artist’s work whose impact stretches the globe and an opportunity to grasp an art form whose development was on the streets of L.A. in one of the most valid art movements in American grass roots art history. His art is respected, not only with his fellow street artists (see what Tiki Jay One has to say), but is also admired and owned by art critics/curators/art writers like Shana Nys Dambrot (LA Weekly, Modern Painters, Art Review, Juxtapoz, Flavorwire, Whitehot Magazine, BlueCanvas, Art Week, Art Asia Pacific, etc.) who not only agrees with the admirers but also owns multiple Billy Knows pieces. Above all, Billy Knows, truly is a gentle soul with beauty and kindness. His art proves to be the perfect metaphor for the dichotomy within us all, within those around us, and within the world we live in.

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The Smith's Ohana by Billy Knows


Ohana by Billy Knows


Dr. C and Dr. A by Billy Knows


Francis by Billy Knows


CandyPants by Billy Knows


Pope of Pie by Billy Knows


Letter to Shana Nys Dambrot by Billy Knows


Kellen Silver by Billy Knows


Devilboy by Billy Knows


Creative Angst by Billy Knows


BK-Fish by Billy Knows


Hawaiian-Texas-Tunes by Billy Knows


Don Garrota by Billy Knows


page 11 Devilcow by Billy Knows


Untitled Af by Billy Knows


Greed graffiti poster by Billy Knows


Donna Peavler by Billy Knows


American Voter by Billy Knows


Pearce by Billy Knows


Post Stroke Mana by Billy Knows


President Blainey by Billy Knows


Death of an Artist by Billy Knows


Hawk My Marine by Billy Knows


Ahi Fishwich by Billy Knows


Hawbird by Billy Knows


Take a Stand for Liberty by Billy Knows


Hula beat by Billy Knows


Kristen by Billy Knows


Self portrait 2 by Billy Knows


Big Hairy Scary and Cody by Billy Knows


Brothers Grim by Billy Knows


CG's Squash Soup by Billy Knows


Coconut Glen by Billy Knows


Dr by Billy Knows



Texas Oil by Billy Knows


Cardinal Love Catholic Kisses by Billy Knows


Producer by Billy Knows


Janee's Soup by Billy Knows


BillyKnowsXmas by Billy Knows


Maui Jazz by Billy Knows


Sub Gumby by Billy Knows


Earth Scoop by Billy Knows


Self number 3 by Billy Knows


Self Target by Billy Knows


Lobster Nun by Billy Knows


Girl Power by Billy Knows


El Mariachis by Billy Knows


Untitled Target forty three by Billy Knows

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