RIP Billy Jacobs: Artist's death, aged 63, triggers wave of tributes

Jane Corscadden May 4, 2021

RIP Billy Jacobs: The artist’s death, aged 63, has triggered a wave of tributes online. The well-known country folk artist is based in Navarre, Ohio, but his art has been much-loved throughout the world.

Let’s take a look back and his life and career.

Remembering Billy Jacobs’ life and art

Billy Jacobs was interested in creativity from a young age, and always knew that art was the career he wanted.

He started his career in the country gift industry in the early 1980s, working as a woodcrafter and designer. In the 2000s, he turned his sights towards painting. Billy’s early drawings were inspired by photographs of the rural countryside that he had taken in the 1970s.  

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His work provides a depiction of the simple American lifestyle and days gone by, and brings a feeling of nostalgia to those who enjoy his work.

Billy’s work has always focused on landscape and still life scenes. He used both watercolours and acrylics, and much of his inspiration came from life experiences and specific scenes that caught his eye.

Tributes to artist Billy Jacobs after death aged 63

It was sadly announced yesterday on Billy’s art gallery’s Facebook page that he had passed away.

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It is with a very heavy heart and tons of tears that I post this update… Billy passed away peacefully this evening. We,…

Posted by Billy Jacobs Art Gallery on Monday, May 3, 2021

The post read: “It is with a heavy heart and tons of tears that I post this update…Billy passed away peacefully this evening. We, his family, have appreciated the prayers and outpouring of love from all of you over the past couple weeks.”

It comes after Billy Jacobs had previously tested positive for coronavirus. He had been in intensive care since 22 April, with his family updating fans regularly through his art gallery’s Facebook page.

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Billy has asked me to let his friends and fans know what is going on so that we can have as many people as possible…

Posted by Billy Jacobs Art Gallery on Thursday, April 22, 2021

Fans of Billy Jacobs have begun paying tribute to the artist online. One said: “Rest Easy Billy…Paint Heaven in a whole new way…”

Jane is a freelance journalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland specialising in news, culture and politics. She studied Politics at Queen’s University Belfast before completing a Journalism MA at the University of Ulster. Always trawling social media and keeping up to date with the latest trends and crazes, her main interest lies in digital culture and internet trends.