Light in the Tunnel
Light in the Tunnel



On a rare, non-performing day, BFG squeezed in a side venture over into his old stomping ground around the badlands in New Mexico. Santa Fe to be exact. Preceding the big night with ZZ Top at the laidback Sandia Casino, the lure of the art colony in Santa Fe saw BFG catching up with a long standing hot rodder and paint-slingin’ pal, none other than the man himself, artist Robert Williams. Robert and Suzanne were in town for a special reception and gallery exhibition of a wealth of Robert’s collective works, many of which seen for the first time outside the famed ‘Rbt Wms’ studio in North Hollywood. Check it out…


The Center for Contemporary Arts announces the exhibition of Robt. Williams: Slang Aesthetics! opening on Friday, September 23, 2016  The exhibition is now on view through November 27, 2016…



SLANG AESTHETICS! is the first-ever solo exhibition in New Mexico of Albuquerque-born and raised artist Robert Williams and features over 60 drawings and paintings from 1995-present, and highlights from his days at Zap Comix

In addition to his renowned  reputation of a radical promanium of paint, Williams is the founder of Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, one of the modernist revered, cutting-edge art magazines anywhere. in the 1950s, Robert started drawing, designing, and customizing hotrods and was an active member in the “Rickshaws” Car Club in Albuquerque.  Even after conquering the challenges as a fine arts painter, Williams joined the art studio of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth in the mid-1960s.  And as his position expanded as a famed custom car builder and art director, RBT gained momentum within the rebellious circles of early underground comix.

In ’79, Williams brought the term “lowbrow” into the fine arts lexicon with his ground breaking publication, The Lowbrow Art of Robt. Williams. Robert remains best known as the seminal figure of West Coast Outlaw culture with his provocative image-laden, irreverent, narrative paintings about greed, vanity, and all manner of societal frailty and perversion.

Williams’ paintings and drawings have caused extreme controversy over the years. His work was protested when it was included in the landmark exhibition Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Most recently, Williams’ work was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial with a recent a solo-exhibition at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and, now, Slang Aesthetics! is slated to begin traveling in 2017. 

Williams is also the subject of the documentary Robt. Williams: Mr. Bitchin’ premiering at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, at the Museum of Modern Art and is going to screen in select theaters around the country before launching a tour throughout Europe.


The treasured exchange of signatures "where's the check?…! ? ! ? ! ?
The treasured exchange of signatures “where’s the check?…! ? ! ? ! ?
pretty gals attending - in the fine zz top tradition
pretty gals attending – in the fine zz top tradition
also at the exhibition - BFG and film star, Freddie Lopez
also at the exhibition – BFG and film star, Freddie Lopez
a pensive moment prior to departing the badlands
a pensive moment prior to departing the badlands
Then, and now, it's back to the boards…
Then, and now, it’s back to the boards…

3 thoughts on “BFG in SANTA FE”

  1. How awesome. I love seeing where you travel. I really adore the photo of you and the Mrs. 🙂
    If you find your way traveling thru La Grange and would like to check out Hajovsky Pecan Farm and our commercial growing and harvesting operation we would love to see you and your group. We start our harvest next week thru the end of January. I will make my world famous pecan pies. ✌️❤️
    Loretta Hajovsky and the gang.

  2. Billy, you are really something… Thanks for sharing your great gift of talents and your outrageous cars… For all of us with our ears and eyes wide open. We dig your radio frequencies… Very Cool, my friend… Keep it coming!

  3. Billy you met my nephew K Phillips who was playing at the Santiago Casino with Rob Thomas and Counting Crows. It left him speechless. You’re the reason he only plays a single pickup! I got to see the selfie he took with you!
    This Sonora Tx boy is a huge fan and even more impressed how you treated him!

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