Bill Killebrew

b. 1960, AL
Colors may assign importance. Color = light and description, but can also give discomfort or release of tension. I like to use a color to make something else come out and join us.
The old oak and the dead sycamore
The old oak and the dead sycamore

Complete, imperfect, and narrative, Bill Killebrew’s paintings capture what grabs his attention. Each elevates something commonplace or seemingly unimportant, making it the anchor of his figurative works. Influenced by Edouard Vuillard and Giorgio Morandi, Killebrew has been painting what he sees for decades to create what he refers to as “non-objective art.” Killebrew lets elements of light, an activity or event guide his painting process. The accumulation of thick paint from multiple brush strokes is a response to what is happening on the canvas at that time. Killebrew is a master of making that which is simple in scene compelling in texture, line, and color.

Killebrew is a Nashville native and received a BFA in painting and printmaking from Middle Tennessee State University. His work is in public and private collections throughout the Southeastern United States. He is also an accomplished guitarist and sailor.

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The old oak and the dead sycamore
The old oak and the dead sycamore
Pacific Street
Pacific Street
On Annie's Porch
On Annie's Porch
At the kitchen door
At the kitchen door
Dessert
Dessert
Early spring, blue horse
Early spring, blue horse
It was her birthday
It was her birthday
Two with horses
Two with horses
The muddy paddock in the sun
The muddy paddock in the sun
The porch swing
The porch swing
The yellowed horse
The yellowed horse
Since He Wouldn't Submit to Being Submersed
Since He Wouldn't Submit to Being Submersed
After that read most of a novel
After that read most of a novel
I'm Going Inside Before It Gets Dark
I'm Going Inside Before It Gets Dark
at least two of each at the reception
at least two of each at the reception
The old oak and the dead sycamore
The old oak and the dead sycamore
oil on panel, 72x55.5
2021
Pacific Street
Pacific Street
oil on panel, 36x56
2021
On Annie's Porch
On Annie's Porch
oil on canvas, 58x60
2021
At the kitchen door
At the kitchen door
oil on panel, 21.75x20
2021
Dessert
Dessert
oil on canvas, 55.75x69.75
2021
Early spring, blue horse
Early spring, blue horse
oil on canvas, 67.25x53.5
2021
It was her birthday
It was her birthday
oil on linen, 44.25x42.25
2021
Two with horses
Two with horses
oil on canvas, 62.75x53.75
2021
The muddy paddock in the sun
The muddy paddock in the sun
oil on canvas, 51.25x40
2020
The porch swing
The porch swing
oil on panel, 23.25x17.75
2020
The yellowed horse
The yellowed horse
oil on panel, 34.5x27.5
2020
Since He Wouldn't Submit to Being Submersed
Since He Wouldn't Submit to Being Submersed
oil on canvas, 52x35
2019
After that read most of a novel
After that read most of a novel
oil on canvas, 79x161.25
2012
I'm Going Inside Before It Gets Dark
I'm Going Inside Before It Gets Dark
oil on panel, 24x18
2017
at least two of each at the reception
at least two of each at the reception
oil on panel with wood frame, 20x36.5
2019

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