Billy Childish

British, b. 1959

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Billy Childish

British, b. 1959

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Punk rocker, poet, and novelist Billy Childish’s body of work documents and explores his struggles coming to terms with addiction, abuse, and a childhood spent in a dysfunctional family. In his paintings of erupting volcanoes, pastoral scenes, and portraits of musicians and mountaineers, ominous skies and shadowy figures seem to swirl across the canvas in an Expressionistic manner and emotional intensity, recalling the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh and Edvard Munch. A self-professed outsider of the contemporary art world and advocate for amateurism, Childish is credited as a co-founder of Stuckism with Charles Thomson in 1999. Because he has been associated with St. Martins School of Art classmate and friend YBA Peter Doig, as well as Tracey Emin, Childish has been considered a YBA, however the artist has resolutely asserted his independent status.

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Biography

Punk rocker, poet, and novelist Billy Childish’s body of work documents and explores his struggles coming to terms with addiction, abuse, and a childhood spent in a dysfunctional family. In his paintings of erupting volcanoes, pastoral scenes, and portraits of musicians and mountaineers, ominous skies and shadowy figures seem to swirl across the canvas in an Expressionistic manner and emotional intensity, recalling the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh and Edvard Munch. A self-professed outsider of the contemporary art world and advocate for amateurism, Childish is credited as a co-founder of Stuckism with Charles Thomson in 1999. Because he has been associated with St. Martins School of Art classmate and friend YBA Peter Doig, as well as Tracey Emin, Childish has been considered a YBA, however the artist has resolutely asserted his independent status.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
ICA London
Group
Group show at a major institution
Whitechapel Gallery
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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