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Billy Childish

After leaving secondary school at age 16, Billy Childish (b. 1959, Chatham, England) 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 London’s 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, and social protest. Over the last 35 years, Childish has gained something of 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. Childish has had solo and group exhibitions internationally with recent solo exhibitions in New York, London, and Berlin. His work was featured in the major exhibitions Billy Childish: Unknowable but Certain at the ICA in London and White Columns in New York, both in 2010. The artist lives and works in Kent, United Kingdom.


Portrait © Elisabeth Blanchet