Visual Art

Riddim: Drawing Sound ink and acrylic on canvas (2015)

untitled [Drawing Sound series] ink and acrylic on canvas (2015)

Untitled Jellyfish by Billy Martin aka illy B ©2016 Billy Martin

Untitled Jellyfish by Billy Martin aka illy B ©2016 Billy Martin • Oil pastel and spray paint on board 8 x 10 inches

Watch the short video by clicking on the Jelly Fish photo above


Read the SURFACE magazine article and video about Billy Martins visual art

Angel 2007, oil pastel on paper (Benetton series)

Angel (Benetton Series) 2005 by Billy Martin aka illy B • Oil pastel on magazine paper 9 x 11 inches

The visual world of illy B

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“Billy is a true polymath,” says Brett Littman, executive director of the Drawing Center. “He is first and foremost a master percussionist – but his artistic ideas are not only limited to the musical sphere. he draws, paints, and makes films. All of these activities are spurred by his relentless intellectual curiosity and his search for ways to express himself.” – SURFACE magazine Dec/Jan Art issue (2016)

Read the entire SURFACE magazine article and video.

Past Exhibits


2015 — The Drawing Center, New York NY
2012 — Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn NY (curated by Phaedra Holt)
2012 — Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT
2007 — Lost Leaf Gallery, Phoenix, AZ (curated by Phaedra Holt)
1997 — Tribes Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Phaedra Holt)
1993 — Knitting Factory, New York, NY


2014 — The International Biennial of Contemporary Arts of Cartagena de Indias
2005 — The Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT
2004 & 2005  — The Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT
1995 — Atlanta, GA (with John Lurie and William Downs)

Peruse the OLD illy B ART Gallery website (some of this work still available).

Art for Purchase

If you are interested in procuring a Billy Martin original for your collection, please contact From time to time featured artwork for sale will be posted to this page, so please check back soon.

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