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.”
Chicago Studio Award Show
Circle Contemporary Gallery - 2017
July Artist of the Month
Chicago Studio - 2017