Chicago Studio


Born in 1972, Bill Lilly joined Arts of Life in 2010. A self-proclaimed “metal-head,” Lilly’s work is very much inspired by the music he listens to.

“I’m a metalhead and that’s what my art is about. I draw tornadoes, lightning, skulls… anything rock and roll!”

Skulls, flames, tornadoes, cyborgs and a multitude of other subjects of impending doom are common symbols in Lilly’s work. Most fascinating is his ability to combine all of these influences together, into a single, cohesive work.

“I love to make art. It keeps me occupied. I want my art on t-shirts, hoodies, posters and album covers. People say my artwork is cool.”

Like heavy metal, Lilly’s art is a force of technical dexterity, distortion, aggression, masculinity, and pure, raw, unapologetic loudness. In July of 2017, Lilly was recognized as the studio’s “Artist of the Month.”

Selected Exhibits

The Beasts

Circle Contemporary - 2018


Club Nutz - 2018

Chicago Studio Award Show

Circle Contemporary Gallery - 2017

July Artist of the Month

Chicago Studio - 2017