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Killy Kilford in the studio

About Killy

Killy Kilford is a NYC-based artist, author and founder of the Dept Of Well Being.

His artistic career began painting large-format musical abstractions on stage alongside musicians including Iggy and the Stooges, Damon Albarn, Buena Vista Social Club, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Vaccines and many more.

Currently his practice explores the syntheses of fine art, sociology and behavioral psychology as a catalyst for enhancing feelings of connectivity and subjective well being within city environments.

Kilford is working on his next collection of Happy Street Sign paintings and various mixed media works from his studio in Tribeca, New York City.



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Happy Street Signs

Happy Street Signs™ is the title of a global social change initiative powered by city-specific public art installations under the auspice of the "Dept of Well Being". By reappropriating government standard street signs we can harness their communicative power and employ them as a motivational tool to trigger feelings of enhanced connectivity and positive social change.

12 pieces

Street Signs

Happy Street Signs

Live Today Love Today artwork

Live Today Love Today

Venue: City of Newark
Public Installation of 200
Installed 15 October 2014
Printed Aluminium
Numbered Newark Hologram on reverse

Love Up Guns Down artwork

Love Up Guns Down

Venue: City of Newark
Public Installation of 200
Installed 15 October 2014
Printed Aluminium
Numbered Newark Hologram on reverse

The Future Is Ours artwork

The Future Is Ours

Venue: City of Newark
Public Installation of 200
Installed 15 October 2014
Printed Aluminium
Numbered Newark Hologram on reverse

Follow Dreams Not Crowds artwork

Follow Dreams Not Crowds

Venue: City of Newark
Public Installation of 200
Installed 15 October 2014
Printed Aluminium
Numbered Newark Hologram on reverse

Our City Our Family artwork

Our City Our Family

Venue: City of Newark
Public Installation of 200
Installed 15 October 2014
Printed Aluminium
Numbered Newark Hologram on reverse

Listen To Your Heart artwork

Listen To Your Heart

Venue: New York City Streets
Public Installation of 200
Installed 12 November 2013
Printed Aluminium
Numbered NYC Hologram on reverse

Honk Less Love More artwork

Honk Less Love More

Venue: New York City Streets
Public Installation of 200
Installed 12 November 2013
Printed Aluminium
Numbered NYC Hologram on reverse

Do Great Things Today artwork

Do Great Things Today

Venue: New York City Streets
Public Installation of 200
Installed 12 November 2013
Printed Aluminium
Numbered NYC Hologram on reverse

New York Loves You artwork

New York Loves You

Venue: New York City Streets
Public Installation of 200
Installed 12 November 2013
Printed Aluminium
Numbered NYC Hologram on reverse

Big City Big Smile artwork

Big City Big Smile

Venue: New York City Streets
Public Installation of 200
Installed 12 November 2013
Printed Aluminium
Numbered NYC Hologram on reverse

Have A Great Day artwork

Have A Great Day

Venue: New York City Streets
Public Installation of 200
Installed 12 November 2013
Printed Aluminium
Numbered NYC Hologram on reverse

Dream Believe Achieve Repeat artwork

Dream Believe Achieve Repeat

Venue: New York City Streets
Public Installation of 200
Installed 12 November 2013
Printed Aluminium
Numbered NYC Hologram on reverse

NYC

Paintings, Screen Prints and Sculptures inspired by NYC which lead to the creation of Happy Street Signs.

9 pieces

NYC Art

NYC ART

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Special Edition Screen Print artwork

Special Edition Screen Print

Venue: Grand Life Hotels Shop
Edition of 10
3-color, hand-pulled screen print with holographic diamond dust
18 x 24 in. (unframed)
Signed by Killy Kilford
Price: $2,035.00

#HonkLessLoveMore artwork

#HonkLessLoveMore

Venue: Soho Grand Hotel NYC
80 Happy Street Signs
10 x 12” NYC Street Sign Post

Honk Less Love More artwork

Honk Less Love More

Venue: Killy Kilford NYC Studio
Inspired by: Don't Honk $350 Penalty
70.2"x91.7"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed on the reverse by Killy

Start artwork

Start

Venue: Killy Kilford NYC Studio
Inspired by: Stop signs
51.5"x51.7"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed on the reverse by Killy

U Turns are okay artwork

U Turns are okay

Venue: Killy Kilford NYC Studio
Inspired by: No U Turn signs
36.0"x48.0"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed on the reverse by Killy

Do Good artwork

Do Good

Venue: Killy Kilford NYC Studio
Inspired by: No Parking - street cleaning sign
48.0"x36.0"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed on the reverse by Killy

My Way artwork

My Way

Venue: Killy Kilford NYC Studio
Inspired by: One Way signs
73.0"x38.0"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed on the reverse by Killy

No Facebook No Instagram artwork

No Facebook No Instagram

Venue: Killy Kilford NYC Studio
Inspired by: No Photos No Videos
47.0"x61.5"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed on the reverse by Killy

Sometimes I love you isn’t enough artwork

Sometimes I love you isn’t enough

Venue: Killy’s NYC studio
Installed in Norwood, NYC
52" x 52"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Killy

Music Painting

In this section you can scroll through a selection of 50 Live Music Paintings ranging from 2005 to 2012. You can also view photos and videos from the gig itself which will help you get a vibe of what it was like on the day the painting was created.

50 pieces

Music Paintings

Music Painting 2013

Available enquire now  artwork

Jonathan Batiste

Venue: Norwood, NYC
48"x72"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Jonathan Batiste
Price: Contact studio

Music Painting 2011

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The Vaccines

Venue: Shoreditch House
Shoreditch House, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and The Vaccines

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Turbogeist

Venue: Sonisphere Festival
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Turbogeist

Available enquire now  artwork

Anthrax

Painted live
Venue: Sonisphere, Knebworth
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford
Price: Contact studio

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Tallulah Rendall

Painted live
Venue: London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford

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Orlando Seal and the Swell

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Orlando

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Buildings

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Buildings
Price: Contact studio

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Air Castles

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Air Castles

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Paper Crows

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Paper Crows

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Painted live
Venue: Waterloo Tunnels, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford, Jade and Alexandra

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Charlene Soraia

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Charlene

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Missing Andy

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Missing Andy

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Gwenno Saunders

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Gwenno

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Alexander Wolfe

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Alexander

Music Painting 2010

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John Cage

Painted live
Venue: Dean St Studios, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and all musicians present.

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Tom Hodge - Unplugged

Painted live
Venue: St Pancras, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Tom Hodge

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Noah Francis and Wu Tang

Painted live
Venue: BBC Studios, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford, Noah Francis, Prodigal Sunn and Shyheim

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Zarif

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Zarif

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I Blame Coco

Painted live
Venue: Freeze Festival, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Coco

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Akala

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Akala

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Ras Kwame

Painted live
Venue: MOBO Awards, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Ras Kwame

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Laurel Collective

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Laurel Collective

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Buena Vista Social Club

Painted live
Venue: Standon Calling Festival, UK
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford

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Iggy And The Stooges

Painted live
Venue: Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth, UK
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford

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Pendulum

Painted live
Venue: Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth, UK
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford

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Skunk Anansie

Painted live
Venue: Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth, UK
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford

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King Charles

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and King Charles

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Swami

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Swami

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Fran and Josh

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Fran and Josh

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Rotten Hill Gang

Painted live
Venue: The Cobden Club, London
23"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Rotten Hill Gang

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Stairs to Korea

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Stairs to Korea

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The Woodentops - Unplugged

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford, Rolo McGinty and Mal

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John And Jehn

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford, John and Jehn

Music Painting 2009

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The Woodentops

Painted live
Venue: Royal Festival Hall, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and The Woodentops

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Cerys Matthews

Painted live
Venue: Union Chapel, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Cerys Matthews

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The Magic Numbers

Painted live
Venue: Union Chapel, London
23"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and The Magic Numbers

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The Charlatans

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
23"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and The Charlatans

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Ernest Ranglin

Painted live
Venue: Ronnie Scott's, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Ernest Ranglin

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St Etienne

Painted live
Venue: The Social, London
23"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and St Etienne

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For a Minor Reflection

Painted live
Venue: NASA, Reykjavík, Iceland
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and For A Minor Reflection

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Baaba Maal

Painted live
Venue: BBC Television Centre, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Baaba Maal

Available enquire now  artwork

Kasabian

Painted live
Venue: Royal Albert Hall, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford
Price: Contact studio

Music Painting 2008

Available enquire now  artwork

Deep Purple

Painted live
Venue: Porchester Hall, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Deep Purple
Price: Contact studio

Music Painting 2007

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Status Quo

Painted live
Venue: Porchester Hall, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Status Quo

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Damon Albarn, Brian Eno

Painted live
Venue: Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise Ship, River Thames
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford, Damon Albarn, Brian Eno

Music Painting 2006

Available enquire now  artwork

Paul Weller, Robert Plant

Painted live
Venue: Porchester Hall, London
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Paul Weller
Price: Contact studio

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Black Eyed Peas

Painted live
Venue: Sun City, South Africa
47"x70"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Black Eyed Peas

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The Charlatans

Painted live
Venue: Brixton Academy, London
67"x82"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and The Charlatans

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Feeder

Painted live
Venue: NEC, Birmingham, UK
66"x75"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and Feeder

Music Painting 2005

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The Feeling

Painted live
Venue: Carling Academy, Birmingham, UK
69"x95"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by Kilford and The Feeling

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Nov 2013. #happystreetsigns installed in #timessquare

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Never seen before. The moment we installed a #happystreetsign in #timessquare Nov 12th, 2013. Just released on Facebook.com/KillyKilford

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This week is the 1 year anniversary of NYC's Happy Street Signs - these are the people that made it happen. #LOVEYOU ! #happystreetsigns

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Tickles me when I walk down the street and see this #itwasntme

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No idea what this is but the guys paint this by hand!!! #favourite #billboard #nyc

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