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Billy Childish
Billy Childish is a multi-talented British artist known for his wide range of creative pursuits, including music, painting, writing, and film. Born Steven John Hamper on December 1, 1959, in Chatham, Kent, England, he adopted the name Billy Childish, a moniker inspired by a disagreement with his father over his lack of "childish" ambition. Childish has had an expansive career in music, leading and playing in various punk and garage rock bands from the 1980s through the present. Some of his best-known musical groups include The Milkshakes, Thee Headcoats, and The Buff Medways, among others. His music is characterized by a lo-fi, raw sound, and he is often associated with the Medway scene. In addition to his music, Childish is recognized as a visual artist. He is a prolific painter, with a style influenced by expressionism and artists like Edvard Munch and Vincent van Gogh. His work often reflects a raw, direct style, and he has exhibited in solo and group shows around the world. Childish is also a published author, with a body of work that includes poetry, novels, and autobiographical writings. His writing often mirrors the raw, unfiltered style seen in his other works. He's associated with the Stuckist movement in art, a pro-figurative, anti-conceptual art movement that he co-founded with Charles Thomson in 1999. The movement is named after an insult from Tracey Emin, Childish's ex-girlfriend and a prominent member of the Young British Artists (YBAs), who had told him that his art was "stuck." Despite his many accomplishments, Childish is known for his rejection of professionalism and commercialism. He has often expressed a desire to remain an outsider to the mainstream art and music industries. This has led him to be an influential figure in underground and independent creative communities.
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