My Highlights from ArtInternational 2014
Mehmet Ali Bakanay
For Whitechapel Gallery Billy Childish has created a new photogravure etching in an edition of 85, with each hand coloured by the artist. juju reclining is from a recent series of works which include unabashed nudes, self-portraits and dense woodland scenes. This edition has been generously donated by the artist in support of The London Art Book Fair: 10 - 13 September 2015 at Whitechapel Gallery.
Signature: Signed and numbered
Image rights: Copyright Whitechapel Gallery
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.
British, b. 1959