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Billy Childish
Man Seated (Oyster Catchers, Thames Estuary 1932)

2013

About the Item

Billy Childish (b. 1959, Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom; lives and works in Whitstable, Kent) is known for his introspective, autobiographical, and deeply emotional paintings, writing, photography, and music. After leaving secondary school at age 16, 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 London’s Saint Martin's School of Art. Childish's defiance of authority led to his eventual expulsion from art school in 1981. Since then, Childish has gained something of a cult status worldwide, writing and publishing several novels and more than 40 volumes of confessional poetry, recording more than 150 LPs, and creating several hundred works of painting, drawing, and photography. Executed in green pencil on blue lined note paper, this drawing depicts oyster farmers who worked the Thames Estuary in the 1930's. In this, and other works from the same series, Childish draws on historic imagery from his immediate vicinity and mirrors his various alter egos in order to merge the past, present, the other-worldly, and the familiar, into highly charged personal imagery.
  • Creator:
    Billy Childish (1959, English)
  • Creation Year:
    2013
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 7.6 in (19.31 cm)Width: 10.75 in (27.31 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: LM176831stDibs: LU944312592882
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