William “Bily” Snel (1938-?)


William “Bily” Snel (1938-?)
American late mid-century modern illustrator, designer and musician ;
Bily Snel ; W. Snel ; Billy Snel ; 
[Born 1938 – died ]


FAD record control number: 54470 ;

Record level: Person ;

Record type: Artist ;


William “Bily” Snel (1938-?) biography:

Birth: 1938 ;
Death: ; 
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: African-American ; 

Known for: African inspired prints ;
Medium: Pen and ink ;
Technique: Painting ; drawing ; printing ; serigraphs ;
Subjects: Stylized people ; dancers ; Africa ;

Areas: New York, NY ;
Region: North East ;
Lived: 129 West 69th Street, New York, NY (1957) ;
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Work: Best known for an obscure Jazz / Rockabilly novelty 45 RPM music record from 1958 from his own record label Wild Records, One too many heads and Queen of Halloween ; freelance work for Hecht Department Store through Clifford Art Studios, Inc. (1950s-1960s) ; 3 Serigraphs Here come the clowns! (P-51) of clowns putting on makeup (1956) ; Produced troup of African-American ballet dancers for Ray Witt Company of Coral Gables, FL ; Illustration Bride, female Balinese wearing headdress (1959) ;


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Milestones: Alexander Calder-like drawing ;



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Original compiled and researched document by the Fine Art Database, 266 West 21st Street, New York, NY.

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The author of this artwork died more than 70 years ago. According to U.S. Copyright Law, copyright expires 70 years after the author’s death. In other countries, legislation may differ.

Record birth date:
November 10, 2019


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