Billy Knows - Fine Artist

Billy Knows

Paia, Hi - United States

 
 
 

0

0

0

0

0

 

Billy Knows

Paia, Hi - United States

Billy Knows - Fine Artist

Member Since:

October 7th, 2006

Followers:

32

Views:

26,397

Facebook
Twitter
Google+
StumbleUpon
Pinterest

Contact

Join E-Mail List

Visit Website

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.

Artwork Feed

Events Feed

Blog Feed

Billy Knows Art

Billy Knows Canvas Prints

Billy Knows Framed Prints

Billy Knows Acrylic Prints

Billy Knows Metal Prints

Billy Knows Prints

Billy Knows Posters

Billy Knows Greeting Cards

Sue Jacobi - Calla lilies

Calla lilies

by Sue Jacobi was favorited by Billy Knows on 08/20/2014

Billy Knows - Pope of Pie

Pope of Pie

by Billy Knows was favorited by Billy Knows on 08/07/2014

Greg Gwynne - FrankinBeans 07

FrankinBeans 07

by Greg Gwynne was favorited by Billy Knows on 11/04/2012

Billy Knows - Maui Jazz

Maui Jazz

by Billy Knows was favorited by Billy Knows on 08/26/2012

Billy Knows - Dr

Dr

by Billy Knows was favorited by Billy Knows on 08/26/2012

Billy Knows - Hula beat

Hula beat

by Billy Knows was favorited by Billy Knows on 08/26/2012

Billy Knows - Hawbird

Hawbird

by Billy Knows was favorited by Billy Knows on 08/26/2012

Billy Knows - Death of an Artist

Death of an Artist

by Billy Knows was favorited by Billy Knows on 08/26/2012

Billy Knows - BK-Fish

BK-Fish

by Billy Knows was favorited by Billy Knows on 08/26/2012

Billy Knows - Creative Angst

Creative Angst

by Billy Knows was favorited by Billy Knows on 08/26/2012

Billy Knows - Devilboy

Devilboy

by Billy Knows was favorited by Billy Knows on 08/24/2012

Shawn Shea - Black Cats At The Door

Black Cats At The Door

by Shawn Shea was favorited by Billy Knows on 10/10/2011

Suzanne Macdonald - Girls Got Game

Girls Got Game

by Suzanne Macdonald was favorited by Billy Knows on 09/24/2011

Billy Knows - Alohi and the Devilcow

Alohi and the Devilcow

by Billy Knows was favorited by Billy Knows on 08/22/2011

Greg Guzman - Piha mahina

Piha mahina

by Greg Guzman was favorited by Billy Knows on 07/20/2011

Greg Guzman - Tako

Tako

by Greg Guzman was favorited by Billy Knows on 07/18/2011

Greg Guzman - Hawaiian fairy

Hawaiian fairy

by Greg Guzman was favorited by Billy Knows on 07/18/2011

Greg Guzman - Sacred pools

Sacred pools

by Greg Guzman was favorited by Billy Knows on 07/17/2011

Billy Knows - Cardinal Love Catholic Kisses

Cardinal Love Catholic...

by Billy Knows was favorited by Billy Knows on 04/06/2011

Billy Knows - Don Garrota

Don Garrota

by Billy Knows was favorited by Billy Knows on 04/03/2011

Billy Knows - page 11 Devilcow

page 11 Devilcow

by Billy Knows was favorited by Billy Knows on 03/23/2011

Seth Weaver - 6 Candles of Christmas

6 Candles of Christmas

by Seth Weaver was favorited by Billy Knows on 03/15/2010

Billy Knows - Cherry Moses

Cherry Moses

by Billy Knows was favorited by Billy Knows on 11/10/2008