Rise to Fame

Northern Kentucky artist Tackett
to appear at Vevay’s ‘First Friday’

He will display his latex painting
on boards and metal

Staff Report

VEVAY, IND. (October 2011) – Just in time for Halloween, “Of Switzerland County’s” featured artist for the month of October is celebrity artist Billy Tackett, who will present not his zombified works of art based on iconic photos but a softer side of Tackett with his fine art.
Tackett is known for his zombie art but is showing his softer side with a gallery show featuring his fine art works. The paintings are latex paint on board or metal.
“For the most part they are painted using only my fingers to flick the paint onto the board,” Tackett says.

Tackett Painting

Photo provided

Billy Tackett
for 12 years
before earning

His fine art works range in size from 16x20 inches up to 32x36 inches.
With humble beginnings in rural Kentucky, the award-winning artist freelanced tirelessly for 12 years to receive international recognition as an accomplished artist and illustrator. His numerous works include fine art paintings, portraits and various other commercial illustrations. His work has been seen on National Geographic Channel and showcased in publications such as Horrorhound Magazine and ImagineFX.
His client list includes authors Shane Moore, Curt Siodmak, Richard Lupoff and Jonathan Maberry, pro wrestler Jerry Lynn and death-rap musician Necro.
After publishing more than 200 book covers, he created his signature piece, Zombie Sam, which gave birth to his Dead White & Blue series and has amassed a loyal fan base that transcends all genres and stereotypes.
His book, “For the Love of Monsters,” is scheduled for release in 2011 followed by his first graphic novel, “Dead White & Blue Comics,” shortly thereafter.
Tackett currently resides in northern Kentucky with his wife, Heather, daughter Madison, and dog, Ruby. He works from his home studio, enjoys their frequent travels and aspires to own a gallery and gift shop of his own.
The gallery will be available free to the public as always on First Friday Oct. 7, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and throughout the month of October during regular store hours. “Of Switzerland County” store located at 128 W. Main St., Vevay. For more information, call (812) 427-3237.

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