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Biography

Born in Chatham, Kent, England, 1959
Lives and works in Kent

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017
Mountain view house, Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas
2016
Incomprehensibly but Certainly, Stiftung Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim
The House at Grass Valley, Carl Freedman Gallery, London
Billy Childish in Print (A Survey), Rochester Art Gallery, Kent
2015
Billy Childish at Cactus Garden, Galleria Paolo Curti Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co., Milano
At Segantinis Hut, Neugerriemschneider, Berlin
2014
Paintings Sweet Paintings: Billy Childish, Matthias Dornfeld, Neuer; Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen
Saint Moritz Art Masters: Billy Childish, French Church, St. Moritz
Edge of the Forest,  Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
2013
Darkness Was Here Yesterday, Carl Freedman Gallery, London
All Apparent Achievements and Misdemeanours Are Non Defining, Neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Paintings That Change the Universe Like Digging in the Gutter with a Broken Lolly Stick / Lehmann Maupin, New York
Animal Totems Lying Poets and other Mundane Renditions in Paint, International Art Objects, Los Angeles
2012
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul
L-13 Light Industrial Workshop, London
Dockyard Museum, Chatham, Kent
Neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Frozen Estuary and Other Paintings of the Divine, Hoxton Arches, London
2011
I am the Billy Childish, Lehmann Maupin, New York
2010
Billy Childish: Unknowable but Certain, ICA, London
White Columns, New York
L-13 Gallery,  London, UK
Neugerriemschneider Gallery, Berlin
2004
Simon Finch Gallery, London
Handing the Loaded Revolver to the Enemy: Homage to Vincent Van Gogh, Aquarium Gallery, London
2003
L-13 Gallery,  London
1999
Metropole Arts Centre, The Leas, Folkstone
1995
Cubitt Gallery, London
1994
Cubitt Gallery, London
1990
Westwerk, Hamburg
1988
5 Dryden Street, London
1986
De Media, Belgium
 
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018
Franz Gertsch, Alex Katz, Billy Childish, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz
2016
Our Friend Larionov, All-Russian Decorative Art Museum, Moscow
2015
Blue Pink Black, Carl Freedman Gallery, London
The Islanders, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
Das Unendliche im Endlichen. Romantik und Gegenwart, Kunstsammlung Jena, Jena
Future Seasons Past, Lehmann Maupin, New York
Horizon, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
2014
Our Friend Larionov, Pushkin House, London
2011
I Followed You into the Water, Lehmann Maupin, New York
On Shuffle,/ Lehmann Maupin, New York
2010
Infiltrations,  L-13 Gallery, London
2009
I Am the Good Artist, L-13 Gallery, London
With or Without God / L-13 Gallery, London
2000
British Art Show 5′, City Art Centre, Edinburg; Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; Dean Gallery Edinburg; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburg, Inverleith House – Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburg Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburg; Stills, Edinburg, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburg, John Hansard Gallery, Southhampton, Millais Gallery – Southhampton Institute, Southhampton; Southhampton City Art Gallery, Southhampton; Centre for Visual Art, Cardiff; Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff; Ffotogallery, Cardiff; National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
1997
Multiple Choice,Cubitt Gallery, London
1992
Galerie Spaarkrediet, Belgium
1991
The Kelly Family, Esther Schipper Gallery, Cologne
 
Publications
2013
Billy Childish: painting that change the universe like digging in the gutter with a broken lolly stick / Koenig Books / Ltd / London
2012
Frozen Estuary and Other Paintings of the Divine Ordinary / L-13 Light Industrial Workshop / London
2011
The Stonemason / L-13 Light Industrial Workshop / London
Paraffin Van (Also published under the title I Fuckt Frida Kahlo as a Faber and Faber lookalike.)Forgotten Letters: An Anthology of Dyslexic Writing / R.A.S.P. / London
Dwang 3 / Tangerine Press / Tooting
2010
Dwang 2 / Tangerine Press / Tooting
Colour Blinds Music Deafens Taste Burns My Throat and the Poets Massacre / Tangerine Press / Tooting
2009
Selected Poems: Penguin Classic “Art” Edition / L-13 Light Industrial Workshop
The Uncorrected Billy Chyldish / Tangerine Press / Tooting
Unknowable but Certain / Blackheath Books / London
Dwang 1 / Tangerine Press / Tooting
The Hedonists Guide to Life / Filmer Ltd / London
Penny-Ante: Three / Los Angeles
Punk Fiction: An Anthology of Short Stories Inspired by Punk / Portico / London Nineteen Raptures / NB Publishing / London
2008
Gods Fantastic Colours – Hand stamped covers. Note: some copies appear with different titles and different author and publisher: Art War / Man Taken from Guts and Insolunce in the Face of Art being examples
Where the Tiger Prowls Stripped and Unseen / The Aquarium / London
Old 4 Legs / The Aquarium / London
This is My Shit and it Smells Good to Me / The Aquarium / London
2007
the idiocy of idears / L-13 Light Industrial Workshop / London
2006
The Edgier Waters / Snowbooks Ltd / London
2005
A River Anthology / Urban Fox Press / Chatham
Magazine No. 1 / X-Ray Book Company / Ventura, US
9 Stories of the River Medway Recounted in the Language of Idiots for People of Little Discernment / Urban Fox Press / Chatham
The River be My Blud: Medway Poems 1980-2005 / Urban Fox Press / Chatham
The Man with Gallows Eyes – Selected Poetry 1980-2005 / The Aquarium / London
2004
The 1st Green Horse God has Ever Made / Urban Fox Press / Chatham
Knite of the Sad Face / Chap Book / The Aquarium / London
Sex Crimes of the Futcher / The Aquarium / London
Calling Things by Their Proper Names / Hangman Books / Chatham
2003
The Boss of All English Riters / Hangman Books / Chatham
Evidence Against Myself / Hangman Books / Chatham
2000
Notebooks of a Naked Youth / Codex Books / Hove
In 5 Minutes You’ll Know Me: Selected Poems 1985-1995 / Sympathetic Press / Long Beach
My Fault / Codex Books / Hove
This Purile Thing / Imprint 93 / Compiled and Edited by Matthew Higgs
1999
Chatham Town Welcomes Desperate Men / Hangman Books / Chatham
1997
I’d Rather You Lied: Selected Poems 1980-1998 / Codex Books / Hove
1996
A Terrible Hunger for Love: Unpublished poems 1982-84 / Hangman Books / Chatham
Big Hart and Balls / Hangman Books / Rochester
1994
Poems to Break the Harts of Impossible Princesses / Hangman Books / Rochester
1993
Days with a Hart Like a Dog / Hangman Books / Rochester
Hunger at the Moon / Sympathetic Press / Long Beach
Trembling of Life / Damaged Goods / London
1992
Poems of Laughter and Violence: Selected Poems 1981-1986 / Hangman Books / Rochester
The Hart Rises / Hangman Books / Rochester
1991
Like a God i Love all Things / Hangman Books / Rochester
1990
The Deathly Flight of Angels / Hangman Books / Rochester
1989
Death of a Wood / Hangman Books / Rochester
The Silence of Words / Hangman Books / Rochester
En Carne Viva: Poemas 1984 – 1988 / Spanish /English / Stultifera Navis / Barcelona
1988
Admissions to Strangers / Hangman Books / Rochester
Maverick Verse / Hangman Books / Rochester
Cannon Fodder / by Louis-Ferdinand Celine / Trans. K. De Coninck and B. / Chyldish / Hangman Books / Rochester
The Girl in the Tree / Hangman Books / Rochester
To the Quick / Hangman Books / Rochester
1987
Companions in a Death Boat / Hangman Books / Rochester
Conversations with Dr. X / Black Hand Distribution / Rochester
1986
Monks Without God / Hangman Books / Rochester
1985
Poems Without Rhyme / Without Reason / Without Spelling / Without Words / Without Nothing / Hangman Books / Rochester
Tear Life to Pieces / Hangman Books / Rochester
1984
Poems from the Barrier Block / Hangman Books / Rochester
1983
The Unknown Stuff / Hangman Books / Rochester
Nothing Can Stop This Man / Hangman Books / Rochester
10 No Good Poems of Slavery / Buggery / Boredom and Disrespect / Hangman Books / Rochester
Will the Circle be Unbroken / Hangman Books / Rochester
1982
7 by Chyldish / Phyroid Press / Chatham
Big Cunt / Phyroid Press / Chatham
You Me Blud N Knuckle / Phyroid Press / Chatham
Black Things Hidden in Dust / Phyroid Press / Chatham
1981
The First Creacher is Jellosey / Phyroid Press / Chatham
2 Minits walk from 10am / Phyroid Press / Chatham
Back on Red Lite rd / Phyroid Press / Chatham
Book of Nursry Rhims / Phyroid Press / Chatham
Bo-Pug: The Six Tails / Phyroid Press / Chatham
1980
Shed Country Paintry + Poeming / Phyroid Press / Chatham
The Dog Jaw Woman / Phyroid Press / Chatham
Fracture Clinic / Bill Lewis
The Medway Poets / Cheapo Publications / Chatham
Billy Chyldish in Merz England No. 1 / Phyroid Press / Chatham
The Man with Wheels / Phyroid Press / Chatham
Mertz in Chatham / Phyroid Press / Chatham
The Cuckoos Cuckoo / Phyroid Press / Chatham
1979
Kinda Garten / Phyroid Press / Chatham
Goat Gruff / Phyroid Press / Chatham
Hack Hack / Phyroid Press / Chatham
The Arts and General Interest / Phyroid Press / Chatham
The Kray Twins Summer Special / Phyroid Press / Chatham
Fab 69 / Phyroid Press / Chatham Bostik Haze / Phyroid Press / Chatham
1977
Chathams Burning / Phyroid Press / Chatham
 
Selected Films
2005
Billy Chydlish Is Dead
2004
Brass Monkey
2003
Shooting at the Moon
2002
The Flying Mustache
1993
Cheated
1983
Quite Lives
1980
The Man With Wheels


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