Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Billy Childish

In Part 5 of Tate's Sound and Vision series ,TateShots went to visit famed Punk rocker and former ‘Stuckist’ artist Billy Childish at his studio in Kent. After being expelled from school, Childish trained as a stonemason in Chatham dockyard. Born Stephen Hamper, he got the name Billy Childish from a mate in one of the punk bands he was in as a teenager. Since then Childish been as prolific a painter as he is a musician, and in this interview he talks about how his approach to making music art and poetry is often the same: ‘I’m interested in the elemental, not impressing myself and not impressing others. I fail, I often impress myself and I have sometimes impressed others’
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