b. 1959, United Kingdom

Billy Childish Biography

After leaving secondary school at age 16, Billy Childish worked at the Naval Dockyard in Chatham as an apprentice stonemason. Initially denied an interview to the local art school, he produced hundreds of drawings that gained him entry to St. Martin's School of Art. Childish's defiance to authority led to his eventual expulsion from art school in 1981. He then embarked on an artistic, odyssey exploring a broad range of worldly themes including war, history, social protest, as well his own experiences of alcoholism, and the sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

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Over the last 35 years, Childish has gained a cult status worldwide. In addition to writing and publishing over 40 volumes of confessional poetry and 5 novels, Childish has recorded over 100 LPs, and painted many hundreds of paintings. He has had solo and group exhibitions internationally with recent solo exhibitions in New York, London, and Berlin. In 2000, Childish was included in British Art Show 5, which toured throughout four cities – Edinburgh, Southampton, Cardiff, and Birmingham – and featured artists Tracey Emin, Liam Gillick, and David Hockney, among others. In 2010, Childish was the subject of major concurrent retrospectives at the ICA in London and White Columns in New York, curated by Matthew Higgs and Richard Birkett. The artist lives and works in Kent, in the south of the United Kingdom.

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Frozen Estuary - Off Chatham, 1895 (Version Y) by Billy Childish contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Billy Childish Frozen Estuary - Off Chatham, 1895 (Version Y), 2012 Oil and charcoal on linen
72.05 x 108.07 cm
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three suns by Billy Childish contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Billy Childish three suns, 2019 Oil and charcoal on linen
60.04 x 84.06 cm
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trees, morning by Billy Childish contemporary artwork painting
Billy Childish trees, morning, 2022 Oil and charcoal on linen
72.05 x 60.04 inches
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swimmer above coloured rock by Billy Childish contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Billy Childish swimmer above coloured rock, 2022 Oil and charcoal on linen
183 x 275 cm
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the everywhen by Billy Childish contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Billy Childish the everywhen, 2021 Oil and charcoal on linen
183 x 275 cm
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Sailish Fisherman by Billy Childish contemporary artwork print
Billy Childish Sailish Fisherman, 2020 5 colour hand-pulled lithograph with 11 screenprinted colours on Somerset Velvet Warm White 400gsm
73 x 89 cm
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chrysanthemums in June's pot by Billy Childish contemporary artwork painting
Billy Childish chrysanthemums in June's pot, 2017 Oil and charcoal on linen
122 x 91 cm
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tree overlooking sea by Billy Childish contemporary artwork painting
Billy Childish tree overlooking sea, 2017 Oil and charcoal on linen
122 x 122 cm
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