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Billy Childish Art

English, b. 1959
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, 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 painting several hundred works. Through all of these disciplines, Childish addresses social, political, and personal issues such as war, protest, his turbulent childhood, and his struggles with addiction. While his confessional poetry and music explore these issues with startling honesty, Childish’s paintings are more subtle. His subjects are often drawn from his environment or are people he knows or admires: birch forests, self-portraits, a lone figure in a pastoral English landscape, and his wife as a reclining female nude. Childish works quickly and intuitively, making spare marks on raw canvas that leave much of it visible. He identifies with artists who worked outside a group or movement, intrigued by their outsider roles in society, such as Vincent van Gogh, Kurt Schwitters, and Edvard Munch. Labeling himself a “radical traditionalist,” Childish has a reverence for traditional oil painting yet has resolutely resisted any connection with a particular group or artistic movement.
(Biography provided by Lehmann Maupin)
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Artist: Billy Childish
Man With Guitar By Billy Childish
By Billy Childish
Located in London, GB
Man With Guitar By Billy Childish Billy Childish is a British artist, musician, poet, and writer known for his raw, uncompromising creativity across various mediums, emerging from...
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2010s Contemporary Billy Childish Art

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Toni Kurz Descending
By Billy Childish
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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...
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2010s Contemporary Billy Childish Art

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Etching

Man Seated (Oyster Catchers, Thames Estuary 1932)
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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...
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2010s Contemporary Billy Childish Art

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Paper, Color Pencil

Orcas Island, Wa State. circa 2000
By Billy Childish
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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...
Category

2010s Contemporary Billy Childish Art

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Archival Pigment

Man Standing (Oyster Catchers, Thames Estuary 1932)
By Billy Childish
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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...
Category

2010s Contemporary Billy Childish Art

Materials

Color Pencil, Paper

Painter. Chatham Dockyard, 2020
By Billy Childish
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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...
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2010s Contemporary Billy Childish Art

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Sailish Fisherman
By Billy Childish
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hand-signed and numbered by the artist. 5 colour hand-pulled lithograph with 11 screen printed colours on Somerset Velvet Warm White 400gsm
 73 x 89 cm 
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2010s Contemporary Billy Childish Art

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Lithograph

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