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Billy Knows - Fine Artist

Billy Knows

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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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Ohana by Billy Knows
 

Ohana by Billy Knows

Dr. C and Dr. A by Billy Knows
 

Dr. C and Dr. A by Billy Knows

Francis by Billy Knows
 

Francis by Billy Knows

CandyPants by Billy Knows
 

CandyPants by Billy Knows

Pope of Pie by Billy Knows
 

Pope of Pie by Billy Knows

Letter to Shana Nys Dambrot by Billy Knows
 

Letter to Shana Nys Dambrot by Billy Knows

Kellen Silver   by Billy Knows
 

Kellen Silver by Billy Knows

Devilboy by Billy Knows
 

Devilboy by Billy Knows

Creative Angst by Billy Knows
 

Creative Angst by Billy Knows

BK-Fish  by Billy Knows
 

BK-Fish by Billy Knows

Hawaiian-Texas-Tunes by Billy Knows
 

Hawaiian-Texas-Tunes by Billy Knows

Don Garrota by Billy Knows
 

Don Garrota by Billy Knows

Untitled Af by Billy Knows
 

Untitled Af by Billy Knows

Greed   graffiti poster by Billy Knows
 

Greed graffiti poster by Billy Knows

Donna Peavler by Billy Knows
 

Donna Peavler by Billy Knows

American Voter by Billy Knows
 

American Voter by Billy Knows

Pearce by Billy Knows
 

Pearce by Billy Knows

Post Stroke Mana by Billy Knows
 

Post Stroke Mana by Billy Knows

President Blainey by Billy Knows
 

President Blainey by Billy Knows

Death of an Artist by Billy Knows
 

Death of an Artist by Billy Knows

Hawk My Marine by Billy Knows
 

Hawk My Marine by Billy Knows

Ahi Fishwich by Billy Knows
 

Ahi Fishwich by Billy Knows

Hawbird by Billy Knows
 

Hawbird by Billy Knows

Take a Stand for Liberty by Billy Knows
 

Take a Stand for Liberty by Billy Knows

Hula beat by Billy Knows
 

Hula beat by Billy Knows

Kristen by Billy Knows
 

Kristen by Billy Knows

Self portrait 2 by Billy Knows
 

Self portrait 2 by Billy Knows

Big Hairy Scary and Cody by Billy Knows
 

Big Hairy Scary and Cody by Billy Knows

Brothers Grim by Billy Knows
 

Brothers Grim by Billy Knows

CG's Squash Soup by Billy Knows
 

CG's Squash Soup by Billy Knows

Coconut Glen by Billy Knows
 

Coconut Glen by Billy Knows

Dr by Billy Knows
 

Dr by Billy Knows

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Texas Oil by Billy Knows
 

Texas Oil by Billy Knows

Cardinal Love Catholic Kisses by Billy Knows
 

Cardinal Love Catholic Kisses by Billy Knows

Producer by Billy Knows
 

Producer by Billy Knows

Janee's Soup by Billy Knows
 

Janee's Soup by Billy Knows

BillyKnowsXmas by Billy Knows
 

BillyKnowsXmas by Billy Knows

Maui Jazz by Billy Knows
 

Maui Jazz by Billy Knows

Sub Gumby by Billy Knows
 

Sub Gumby by Billy Knows

Earth Scoop by Billy Knows
 

Earth Scoop by Billy Knows

Self number 3 by Billy Knows
 

Self number 3 by Billy Knows

Self Target by Billy Knows
 

Self Target by Billy Knows

Lobster Nun by Billy Knows
 

Lobster Nun by Billy Knows

Girl Power by Billy Knows
 

Girl Power by Billy Knows

El Mariachis by Billy Knows
 

El Mariachis by Billy Knows

Untitled Target forty three by Billy Knows
 

Untitled Target forty three by Billy Knows

Red Cross and Pink Jesus by Billy Knows
 

Red Cross and Pink Jesus by Billy Knows

Laya by Billy Knows
 

Laya by Billy Knows

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