When researching art and artists, it is not uncommon for me to have a hockey or baseball game on, in the background. Billy Kheel’s art may be the perfect blend of my two hobbies. Billy uses felt fabric to create his pieces. He does not limit his work to sports subjects, however, as you can purchase felt gold chains ($50) and plush handguns ($38), in his Etsy store.
Based in Los Angeles, his city is often represented in his work. He currently has several open edition prints in his web store, including two Dodger heroes: Kirk Gibson, (famous for his 1988 World Series home run) and Jackie Robinson. The prints run $100 a pop. He has also created a few prints using what can only be described as a ‘Before & After’ category on ‘Wheel of Fortune’, where the first and last words are connected by the middle word. Examples include: Rick James Harden (Rick James & James Harden) and Lebron James Brown (Lebron James & James Brown). I'm not sure if he has any ideas of blending sports and classic novels, but Bryce Harper Lee, would be amazing! (he can have that one for free :)
In all seriousness, I really do love his sports cards and figures. My favorites include: Bo Jackson, Jackie Robinson, and Fernando Valenzuela. An original Tim Lincecum can be purchased through Black Book Gallery for $800.
I’d love to see him produce some hockey images. You have mullets, beards, and missing teeth - what could be better?
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