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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.

Billy Childish Featured Artworks

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chrysanthemums in June's pot by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy Childishchrysanthemums in June's pot, 2017Oil and charcoal on linen
122 x 91 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
tree overlooking sea by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy Childishtree overlooking sea, 2017Oil and charcoal on linen
122 x 122 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
wolf in birch trees by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy Childishwolf in birch trees, 2019Oil and charcoal on linen
183 x 183 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
irises by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy Childishirises, 2020Oil and charcoal on linen
122 x 122 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
wolf, trees and road by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy Childishwolf, trees and road, 2019Oil and charcoal on linen
183 x 183 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
midnight sun / frozen lake by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy Childishmidnight sun / frozen lake, 2017Oil and charcoal on linen
152.5 x 213.5 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
trees and sky by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy Childishtrees and sky, 2019Oil and charcoal on linen
183 x 213.5 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
cave by Billy Childish contemporary artwork
Billy Childishcave, 2019Oil and charcoal on linen
275 x 183 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery

Billy Childish Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Billy Childish, wolves, sunsets and the self at Lehmann Maupin, Seoul
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23 April–27 June 2020 Billy Childish wolves, sunsets and the self Lehmann MaupinSeoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Billy Childish, remember all the / high and exalted things / remember all the low / and broken things at Closed, exhibitions can be viewed by appointment., 536 West 22nd Street, New York
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23 January–21 March 2020 Billy Childish remember all the / high and exalted things / remember all the low / and broken things Closed, exhibitions can be viewed by appointment.536 West 22nd Street, New York

Billy Childish Represented By

Lehmann Maupin contemporary art gallery in 536 West 22nd Street, New York, USA Lehmann Maupin New York, Hong Kong, London, Seoul

Billy Childish In Ocula Magazine

Rachel Lehmann Ocula Conversation Rachel Lehmann By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Rachel Lehmann is not only one half of the gallery powerhouse that is Lehmann Maupin, but she is also an international citizen of the world. Lehmann was born in Asmara, Ethiopia, and studied at the University of Fribourg in France. She worked at the legendary Sonnabend Gallery in New York, and was the proprietor of two contemporary galleries in...

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