Billy Childish is a British painter, musician, poet, author and filmmaker, who has worked prolifically across cultures since the 1970s. His work is typically confessional and avant-garde, and Childish is an advocate of highly expressive artistic output. Although close with many of the YBAs (including a brief relationship with Tracey Emin in the 1980s) Childish has been at always been at pains to stress an independence from any movement or group within the art world. An attendee of Central Saint Martin’s (although expelled before receiving his degree) Childish’s visual art is deeply inspired by the post-impressionist work of Munch and Van Gogh, using heavily textured pigment to create warped realities. Childish is represented, in London, by L-13 Light Industrial Workshop, with whom he has collaborated to produce a range of limited edition prints. His latest collection has been politically provocative, mining the Russian revolutionary aesthetics of constructivism to comment on the contemporary, chaotic global climate.
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