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Killy Kilford in the studio

About Killy

I’m a British artist from London, I moved to NYC in January 2013 and was instantly inspired by the street signs that surround our daily lives. This inspiration prompted a new phases of art, one that evolves existing signage structures into triggers that prompt feelings of presence, connectivity and happiness within cities.

On the 12th November 2013, NYC became the first city to be installed with 200 of my Happy Street Signs. These were installed in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn by a group of 50+ volunteers under the auspice of a fictional Dept of Well Being. Www.DeptofWellBeing.org was set up to capture the events of the day and future installations in cities around the world.

Prior to 2013 I was painting live music on stage with bands during their performances. I see colours when I hear music and so I painted during live performances capturing their music on canvas. I’ve performed with almost 100 bands, some of which include Robert Plant, Paul Weller, Buena Vista Social Club, Deep Purple The Charlatans, Damon Albarn, Black Eyed Peas, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Iggy Pop.

So in addition to my most recent work in NYC you can browse through the music paintings and view footage from each gig. You can also download, like, share and comment on all of the work too.



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NYC

I moved to NYC in January 2013 and I walked for miles every day, extremely happy to be here looking up. I fell in love with the City, the people and the street signs which collectively triggered a new phase of creativity for me. I started painting large canvases of street signs and it is these paintings that inspired the installation of Happy Street Signs.

7 pieces

NYC Art

NYC ART

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

Happy Street Signs

On November 12th 2013, New York City became the first of many cities to be installed with Happy Street Signs. The objective of the “Happy Street Sign” project is to generate moments of joy for people and contribute to a measurable increase in community connectivity and happiness.

7 pieces

Street Signs

Happy Street Signs

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

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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No vintage roller skating #newark

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No walking down the railing ? #newark

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Today I will mostly be wearing @cobrasociety , Ray Ban and a Steering Wheel

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I heart airports

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Love this well done @networkrail at Paddington

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frankiefeatures Are you in London?!?! X

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Vintage directional street sign from 1822 still in use. Very cool if street signs flick your switch #england

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Especially ballerinas #londonunderground #likeitbutdontlikeit

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My computer is very polite. After it crashed this is all it said #sorry

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Painting chair #boringinstagrampic

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Don't cross the line

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In the words of #belindacarlisle #heavenisaplaceonearth

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One off for Valentines. You find it... It's yours. #NYC

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#bestvalentinescardever

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Meghan Bernstein She owns lipstick!

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Just released. "Start in the Name Of Love". $245 from Killy.Storenvy.com (order by Monday to get it before 14th, free US shipping)

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A blank email to studio@KillyKilford.com gets you a peek inside this special edition valentines gift before everyone else. #comingrealsoon

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#bowtie on @cobrasociety shoot

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KillyKilford @pikartist01 cheers mate - glad you liked it. Good hanging with you lot

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I was just about to have a little lay down in Gansevoort Plaza . Then I saw a "No Lying Down" sign #DAMNIT #UnHappyStreetSign

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saschaspringer Damn, I was just on my way to store my summer wardrobe there.