|MJ artist’s work been in feature film, all over Nashville|
|Tuesday, August 20, 2013|
Mt. Juliet’s Bill Briggs has worked with his hands all his life.
Whether it be his love of restoring antique automobiles, building sets for shows or painting, Briggs is always working on something.
It has led to a very successful career, with his paintings and murals appearing in the feature film “The Last Castle,” starring Robert Redford and James Gandolfini, as well as all over Nashville in buildings like The Hard Rock Cafe, The Bank of Nashville, Opryland Hotel, Tennessee Christian Medical Center, the Renaissance Hotel, Hilton Garden Suites, Broadway Brew House, Jim Reed Chevrolet, Rainforest Cafe, Baptist Sports Medicine and George Dickel.
Briggs grew up in Donelson, and encouragement from a teacher at Two Rivers High School moved him toward an artistic pursuit.
He wanted to do architecture, but didn’t like the math, so eventually ended up getting a B.A. degree in Television Production and Art from Western Kentucky University.
He also attended the Harris School of Art. While there, one of the owners, Beth Harris, took him and another student to Europe to tour art museums all over the continent.
“It was the most fantastic thing,” said Briggs. “I said, man, that’s what I want to do.”
From 1980-1983, he worked at the Cumberland Science Museum, doing the laser shows in the planetarium.
Briggs eventually became the senior artist for The Nashville Network from 1983-1994. He worked on the sets of Hee Haw, The CMA Awards, ASCAP Awards, Johnny Cash Show, Motor Sports Hall of Fame, CMT Videos, as well as Opryland and Grand Ole Opry special events.
In 1994, he decided to go into business for himself. That led to the murals being placed all over the city, and the one for “The Last Castle.”
Recently, Briggs love from antique cars and painting collided as he was asked to do some works for Coker Tire Company, which has over 200,000 square feet of space in Chattanooga, filled with antique cars, open to public. They are the world’s largest vintage tire company.
Briggs knew the owner, Corky Coker, and Coker invited him down to look at his collection. Briggs told him he needed some paintings on his wall, and Coker agreed.
“I said, I’m your man, that’s what I do,” said Briggs.
Briggs has provided over 30 paintings for the location and Chattanooga, and a soon to be location in Los Angeles, Calif.
Briggs is still hard at work at his art studio in his home, just off of Central Pike. He has painting and murals in many Nashville area homes including children’s rooms, foyers, kitchens, game rooms and garages.