Billy Knows - Fine Artist

Billy Knows

Paia, Hi - United States

 
 
 

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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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Untitled Target forty three by Billy Knows

 

Red Cross and Pink Jesus by Billy Knows

 

Laya by Billy Knows

 

Kill the Director by Billy Knows

 

Layla by Billy Knows

 

Second Wife by Billy Knows

 

Layla by Billy Knows

 

Kali Production Manager by Billy Knows

 

Blue Nun Target by Billy Knows

 

Untitled Target by Billy Knows

 

Twin Two by Billy Knows

 

Say YES to crack BG Chiropractic by Billy Knows

 

Mural by Billy Knows

 

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Mural by Billy Knows

 

Flirt Albert Puglisse by Billy Knows

 

Ike the Quilting Cowboy by Billy Knows

 

Self portrait 2 by Billy Knows

 

Shaman and Lizard King by Billy Knows

 

Cherry Moses by Billy Knows

 

Healer Shaman and the Lizard King by Billy Knows

 

Red Curtains by Billy Knows

 

Blue Suit Target by Billy Knows

 

If it is not strong by Billy Knows

 

Hawaiian People by Billy Knows

 

Maui Sumo by Billy Knows

 

Tiny Bubbles by Billy Knows

 

Two Heads Collide by Billy Knows

 

Invincible America by Billy Knows

 

Be more of a Man by Billy Knows

 

I love the Pink Pussy by Billy Knows

 

Above The Line by Billy Knows

 

Waihine by Billy Knows

 

Walnuts by Billy Knows

 

DB Headshot by Billy Knows

 

Whacker Wack Her by Billy Knows

 

Gray suit by Billy Knows

 

Hana Hula by Billy Knows

 

WarShow by Billy Knows

 

Greed by Billy Knows

 

Holo holo Haolies on Hana Hwy by Billy Knows

 

Four Horses of the Apocalypse by Billy Knows

 

Patriot by Billy Knows

 

Free Speech by Billy Knows

 

Patriot Act by Billy Knows

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