Billy Cone is the grand nephew of Etta and Claribel Cone who famously collected the work of Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and other modern painters with whom they socialized before bequeathing their collection to the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1948.
Rooted in the juxtaposition of ideals espoused by the Abstract Realism Movement, Billy’s artistic journey, making the transition from photographic prints to line drawings on paper and paintings on canvas, has been an organic transcendence.
In 1982 Billy studied painting and drawing, however, he was not yet prepared to take on the art world. Business was his first calling, yet unbeknownst to him, his heart was elsewhere—ART!!!